Voting is not only a democratic right, it is also the easiest way to have a say in how your community is governed. When you cast a ballot, you are choosing someone who will represent you.
Municipal government is involved in many aspects of our daily lives. Some of the services include fixing roads, providing water and electricity, collecting garbage, caring for children and the elderly, running public transit, supporting the arts, and protecting our City’s citizens.
Who Can Vote?
You can vote in the City of Peterborough if you are:
- a Canadian citizen; and
- at least 18 years old; and
- a resident in the City of Peterborough; or
- a non-resident of the City of Peterborough, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the City; and
- are not prohibited from voting under any law
Eligible voters in the City of Peterborough will elect candidates to represent them at City Hall and on local School Boards.
An eligible elector will be able to vote for Mayor, up to two Councillors (representing his or her ward), and up to two School Board Trustees (depending on school support).
- One to be elected by all electors of the municipality
- Two to be elected for Ward 1 (Otonabee)
- Two to be elected for Ward 2 (Monaghan)
- Two to be elected for Ward 3 (Town)
- Two to be elected for Ward 4 (Ashburnham)
- Two to be elected for Ward 5 (Northcrest)
School Board Trustees **For more information on School Board Trustees, Click here.
- Two to be elected for Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
- Two to be elected for Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board
- One to be elected for Conseil Scolaire Viamonde
- One to be elected for Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud
Each elector is entitled to vote for the trustee(s) in one school board. In order to be eligible to vote for the trustees of a board, an elector must be a supporter of that board. “Supporter” refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to. The default is the public school system. In order to be a supporter of an alternate board, you must direct your taxes to that school system.
You can check to see if you’re on the Voters’ List. Click on Am I on the Voters’ List? to find out.
If you are not on the list, getting added is easy! You can add yourself online, you can come into the City Clerk’s Office, or at any Voting Location on Election Day with ID showing proof of name and qualifying address (click here).
If you are unable to vote on Election Day, on the Advance Voting Day, at the Accessible Advance Vote, or online you can assign your ballot to another eligible elector in the City of Peterborough. This is called a vote by proxy. To do this your proxy must come to the City Clerk’s Office and apply for a proxy on your behalf.