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Voter Eligibility

The Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Act governs eligibility to vote for the Offices of Mayor and Councillor, and provides as follows:

Eligibility of person who is a resident

21(1) A person is eligible to vote in an election or on a question if he or she is

  1. a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day; and
  2. a resident of the local authority on election day, and has been so for at least the six months before election day.

Residency

21(2) Under this Act, the following rules apply in determining the residency of a person:

  1. A person is a resident of the place where he or she has his or her ordinary residence, and to which he or she intends to return when away from it
  2. A person may be a resident of only one place at a time.
  3. A person does not change residence until he or she has a new residence.

Persons with no fixed address

21(3) A person who does not have an ordinary residence is deemed to reside at the shelter, hostel or similar institution that most frequently provides lodging, food or other social services to the person.

Oath conclusive in absence of other evidence

21(4) A person's oath regarding the place that most frequently provides lodging, food or other social services to the person is conclusive, in the absence of evidence to the contrary.

New or expanded local authority

21(5) When a local authority is formed or the boundaries of a local authority are extended, a person is deemed to have satisfied the residency requirement in clause (1)(b) if, for at least the six months before election day, the person has been a resident within the area that becomes included in the local authority.

Municipal election and votes — eligibility of non-resident

22(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person who is not a resident of a municipality is eligible to vote in an election in that municipality if he or she is

  1. a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day; and
  2. is a registered owner of land in the municipality on election day and has been so for at least the six months before election day.

Maximum of two non-resident voters per property

22(2) If three or more non-resident persons qualify as registered owners of a parcel of land,

  1. no more than two of them are eligible to vote; and
  2. in order to be included on the voters list, each of those two persons must file with the senior election official the written consent of the number of persons who, together with the person to be included on the voters list, are a majority of the registered owners of the land.

Non-residents: new or expanded municipality

22(3) When a municipality is formed or the boundaries of a municipality are extended, a person is deemed to have satisfied the requirements of clause (1)(b) if, for at least six months before election day, the person has been a registered owner of land within the area that becomes included in the municipality.

For the purpose of electing School Trustees, The Public Schools Act provides that "voter" means a person eligible under section 21 of The Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Act to vote at an election of trustees.

NOTE:

  • A voter must be a resident in the School Division for six months prior to Election Day.
  • A registered owner of land who does not reside in the School Division does not have the right to vote for School Trustee.

In Summary

VOTER ELIGIBILITY FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR / COUNCILLOR

To vote for Mayor / Councillor, you must be:

  • A Canadian Citizen; and
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day (October 22, 2014); and
  • An actual resident or property owner in the City of Winnipeg for a period of at least 6 months (since April 22, 2014).

VOTER ELEGIBILITY FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE

To vote for School Trustee, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day (October 22, 2014);
  • and an actual resident of the School Division for a period of at least 6 months (since April 22, 2014); and
  • an actual resident in the School Division Ward on Election Day (October 22, 2014)

Non-residents do not have the right to vote for School Trustee.

DETERMINING RESIDENCY OF A VOTER

The following determines the residency of a voter:

  • is a resident of the place where they intend to return to when away from it
  • may be resident of only one place at a time
  • does not change residence until they have a new residence

A person who leaves a municipality for temporary reasons is still considered a resident voter.  For example, a student attending university or college outside the municipality, but who intends to return home after the term ends, is considered a resident voter.

A VOTER MAY VOTE ONLY ONCE IN THE SAME ELECTION, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HE/SHE OWNS MULTIPLE PROPERTIES.

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Last updated: April 4, 2014

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