By now should have received a letter from the Town of Collingwood about voting in the upcoming municipal election. Do NOT throw this letter out. It contains your voter ID number and PIN, both required for you to vote next month.
The letter also outlines the two methods available for voting: by internet or by paper ballot. You can use one or the other. Contact the town (see below) if you threw the letter out by mistake, and still want to vote.
Internet voting is available on any device from 10 a.m. Oct. 8 until the closing of the polls, 8 p.m., Oct. 24. If you don’t have a device and want to vote online, you can visit the library and use a public computer there on the dates available for paper voting, below.
Paper ballots are still available, but only on five days: Oct. 8, 15, and 22 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Oct. 12 and 19 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. There is NO paper ballot voting on election day, Oct. 24, so please vote sooner if you want to use this method.
More information about voting is on the back of the letter, including what to do to ensure you are on the voters’ list and are eligible to vote. There is a town webpage where you can also check to see if you are on the list.
You can also call 705-445-1020 ext. 3800 or email email@example.com to get assistance. There is additional information on the town’s election webpage.
In this election, you can vote for your choice (one each) of mayor, deputy mayor, school board trustee, and up to seven members of council. Remember: you do not have to vote for any position or for the full seven council candidates. You can choose as many as you like as long as you don’t select more than the allotted number of seats,
N.B. I actually like paper ballots more, and not just because they are more difficult to hack, or because I’m a Luddite. I like the idea of going somewhere to cast a ballot because it is a form of civic commitment that requires a person to actually go outside and show they are participating in local democracy. It’s an event; a physical activity.
I feel we already do too much online: shopping, finding recipes, reading news, homework, commenting on social media, sharing photos, chatting with neighbours and friends, banking, booking vacations, checking paint swatches. Internet voting doesn’t seem any different from, say, ordering a pizza online, or buying a book. Voting should be special: an event during a day we celebrate living in a nation where we have the freedom to vote as we choose.
Sitting at the kitchen table in my jammies voting in between tweets and Facebook posts just doesn’t feel like I’m doing something special or different from anything else I do every other day. I want my vote to feel like I’m participating, that I’m doing my civic duty, not like just another button click on a screen.