Register to Vote

Have your say in the upcoming municipal election!

You can vote if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • A Markham resident, property owner or tenant (or the spouse of one); and,
  • Registered to vote.

Check, update or add your information to the Municipal Voters’ List. Even if you voted in a recent election, you may not be on the Municipal Voters’ List.

The Municipal Voters' List for the 2022 Markham Municipal Election is not the same list used for the provincial election or federal election.

Voter Information Letters are in the mail and are being delivered by Canada Post to everyone who is registered to vote.

Those who don’t receive a Voter Information Letter by October 12, and are eligible to vote, may not be registered at their current address or at all.

Register to vote – anytime, anywhere! It's quick and easy.

I lost my Voter Information Letter. What should I do?

If you lost your Voter Information Letter, contact Elections Markham immediately to get a new Online Voting PIN (the old one will be deactivated).

 

I didn’t get a Voter Information Letter in the mail. What do I do?

Those who don’t receive a Voter Information Letter by October 12, and are eligible to vote, may not be registered at their current address or at all.

To vote in the upcoming municipal election, a voter needs to be:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • A Markham resident, property owner or tenant (or the spouse of one); and,
  • Registered to vote.

Register to vote online at ElectionsMarkham.ca/register or in person at the Markham Civic Centre (Clerk’s Office), at any Markham Public Library branch until October 19, or at any Voting Place during Voting Days. Voters registering in person are reminded to bring IDs with them to show election workers or City staff who they are.

 

I received a Voter Information Letter for someone who doesn’t live at my address anymore. How do I remove them from the Voters’ List?

  • Put the letter back in its envelope with the mailing addresses showing in the windows, write ‘Return to sender’ on the front of the envelope and ‘Moved’ on the back, and mail it back to Elections Markham.
  • Take it to any Voting Place during in-person Voting Days (October 20, 21, 22 & 24) and give it to the Voting Place Manager.

We will remove this person from the Voters’ List when we get your letter.

 

I received a Voter Information Letter for a family member who passed away. How do I remove them from the Voters’ List?

We are so sorry for your loss, but thank you for letting us know. Please return the letter to Elections Markham by doing either of the following:

  • Put the letter back in its envelope with the mailing addresses showing in the windows, write ‘Return to sender’ on the front of the envelope and ‘Deceased’ on the back, and mail it back to Elections Markham.
  • Take it to any Voting Place during in-person Voting Days (October 20, 21, 22 & 24) and give it to the Voting Place Manager.

We will remove this person from the Voters’ List when we get your letter.

 

Why do I keep getting Voter Information Letters for people who have died or moved?

We’re sorry for any inconvenience or frustration caused from this happening.

Unfortunately, the Municipal Voters’ List isn’t always perfectly updated over time. By law, the list is re-created every 4 years by a provincial government agency (MPAC) based on property ownership.

  • Deceased voters: Sometimes, if the owner of a property has passed away, but the property’s ownership documents haven’t been updated with MPAC, the person will continue to appear on the Voters’ List. Property ownership is the main information used to build the Municipal Voters’ List.
  • Voters who have moved: People who live at a property but don’t own it (e.g., renters, children, etc.) may take longer to be updated after they move because their residency status doesn’t result in changes to property ownership. Property ownership is the main information used to build the Municipal Voters’ List.

Also, due to privacy laws around how information is shared between governments, the Voters’ List used for municipal elections is different from the lists used in federal and provincial elections. Unfortunately, if someone is registered to vote federally or provincially, it doesn’t mean they will also be registered to vote municipally. That’s why it’s important to always check if you’re registered at the correct address before every election.

Elections Markham
Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
905-477-7000 x8683 (VOTE)
vote@markham.ca 

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