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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​Information for Voters - Voting in Essa Township

Voting is not only your democratic right; it is the easiest way for you to have a say in how your community is governed.  When you cast your vote, you are choosing the candidate that you feel would best represent you and your community.

When do I vote?  Where do I vote?

Advanced Voting Day is Saturday October 18, 2014.  Persons wishing to vote on Advance Voting Day can do so by attending the Administration Centre located at 5786 County Road 21, Utopia between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Electors are reminded to bring their Voter Notification Cards and valid identification for presentation to the election workers prior to casting their vote.  Valid identification is legally required to be presented.

By-law 2014-41 Advance Voting Date

Election Day is Monday October 27, 2014.  Eligible Electors will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail during the month of October.  This card will indicate where you are to vote on Election Day. Polls are open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the location specified on your Voter Notification Card. Electors are required to bring their Voter Notification Card and valid identification for presentation to election workers.  Valid Identification is a legal requirement by the Province for electors to present prior to casting their vote

If you are unsure of your voting location or did not receive a Voter Notification Card, contact Bonnie Sander, Clerk for the Township of Essa, at 705-424-9770 extension 116 to confirm your information on the Voters' List.

Valid Identification for Voting Purposes

Amendments to the Municipal Elections Act in 2013 changed the identification requirements for voting in a Municipal Election. In order to be able to vote at a voting location, a person must have a piece of identification with their name and signature.  The Province requires all eligible electors to provide proof of identification prior to receiving a ballot.  By providing identification or swearing/affirming an oath you are helping to ensure that only qualified electors vote and that qualified electors only vote once.  The following is a List of Acceptable Identification for voting purposes.

Voting by Proxy

If you are unable to vote on Advance Voting Day or on Election Day, you may appoint a proxy. A proxy is a person who is an eligible elector and whom you trust to vote on your behalf. To appoint a proxy, the eligible elector must complete an Appointment of Voting Proxy Form by visiting the Clerk's Office at the Township of Essa Administration Centre. The person listed as the eligible elector's proxy must bring the form in to the Township of Essa's Clerk’s Office, along with proof of his or her identity, and have it certified by the Clerk. You can appoint a voting proxy starting after 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12th, 2014. A proxy can represent multiple members of his/her immediate family, or, one individual who is not a member of his/her immediate family. A proxy can not represent both.

Voters List

Am I eligible to vote?  Is my name on the Voters' List?  Which Ward do I vote in?

In order to be eligible to vote, your name must be on the Voters List (List of Electors).  The List of Electors for the Township of Essa comes from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) late in the summer of 2014.  If you have moved or changed your address since the 2010 Municipal Election, be sure to contact the Township of Essa Administration Centre to have your information added/changed, or visit to confirm and/or update your electoral information in a few easy steps.  Find out ahead of time in order to avoid long lineups on Election Day.  Have your say and log on to today!

After Labour Day changes can be made at the Administration Centre located at 5786 County Road 21, Utopia, by the Clerk, or by calling MPAC at 1-866-296-6722.

Clerk's Notice of Voters' List

What School Board can I vote for?

It is important that electors check their status on the Voters’ List to determine if they have been listed as an elector for the correct School Board. If not correctly listed, the elector can apply to the Clerk’s Office to amend the List prior to attending at the voting location.

How can I get in touch with a Candidate?

The Certified List of Candidates for Municipal Offices and School Board Trustees and their contact information  is posted on the Township of Essa's website. Visit the 2014 Municipal Election page to review the candidates contact information.