Planning on voting in the upcoming municipal election? Now is a good time to make sure you are on the list of eligible voters!

New website makes it easier for Ontarians to register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections

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PICKERING, ON, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - A recent Ipsos Reid survey revealed that 75 per cent of Ontarians would likely use an online voter registry service to confirm their eligibility to vote in municipal elections. Almost 1 in 3 of those surveyed were unsure who to contact to confirm they are on the Voters' List.  A new website, voterlookup.ca, allows eligible electors in Ontario to quickly and easily confirm and/or update their electoral information online.

"We have created a website that is safe, convenient and simple to use," explains Arthur Anderson, Director of Municipal Relations at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. "voterlookup.ca is a secure online service where Ontarians can confirm their information is accurate and up-to-date before the upcoming municipal and school board elections."

Eligible electors are no longer required to complete and mail in paper Municipal Enumeration Forms to ensure they are on the Preliminary List of Electors used to compile the final Voters' List for municipal and school board elections. "An accurate, up-to-date list of electors helps municipalities administer smooth elections, and it also makes the trip to the ballot box quicker for voters," says Lorraine Brace, Municipal Clerk/Manager of Legislative Services, Town of Cobourg

The process at voterlookup.ca takes just a few minutes from start to finish. Electors need only their basic information, such as: name of city/town/village, address or their assessment roll number, name and date of birth, to confirm their eligibility for the upcoming elections.  If assistance is required, users can contact 1-866-296-6722.

The information collected through voterlookup.ca is used to build the Preliminary List of Electors provided to Municipal Clerks and used to create the final Voters' List for municipal and school board elections. voterlookup.ca is designed to be quicker and more efficient than the traditional paper Municipal Enumeration Form mail-in system.

Information submitted through voterlookup.ca is shared only with municipalities for the purposes of creating the final Voters' Lists.

About MPAC

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) administers voterlookup.ca. MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation, and is responsible for administering a uniform, province-wide property assessment system based on current values. MPAC is also legislated to provide municipalities with a Preliminary List of Electors in a municipal election year.  The list is used by Municipal Clerks to produce the final Voters' List used for the election.

Video with caption: "Video: Planning on voting in the upcoming municipal election? Now is a good time to make sure you are on the list of eligible voters!". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cisKDmdm6zk

SOURCE: Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

For further information:

Pat Jordan
Fleishman Hillard
416-645-8207
patrick.jordan@fleishman.ca


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