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August 2, 2006
City of Toronto takes action to confirm elector qualifications
The City of Toronto today issued letters to 277,000 residents and 255 candidates informing them of steps the City is taking to confirm elector qualifications for the November 13 municipal election.

The City received a Preliminary List of Electors from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) in July. That list indicated that 277,000 people on the list could not be confirmed as qualified electors. To vote in the City of Toronto’s municipal election you must be a Canadian citizen; at least 18 years of age; a resident of the City of Toronto or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the City of Toronto, or their spouse; and not prohibited from voting under any law.

MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation funded by all Ontario municipalities. In addition to assessing all property in Ontario, MPAC is required to identify all eligible electors for municipal and school board elections and then produce a Preliminary List of Electors for the municipal election.

“Voting in an election is a fundamental right,” said City Clerk Ulli S. Watkiss, responsible for the City’s election efforts. “All municipalities in Ontario must rely on MPAC for accurate and up-to-date voters’ lists. The City of Toronto is ensuring that only qualified electors are on the City’s voters’ list, and that all residents who are eligible to vote have the opportunity to do so on election day.”

The letter being sent to residents outlines elector qualifications and requests that if they are qualified electors, they confirm their entitlement to vote by completing the declaration on the back of the letter and returning it to the City before September 8.

Those who do not respond to the letter by September 8 will be removed from the City’s voters’ list. Qualified electors who are removed from the list can still vote, by either adding their name to the voters’ list prior to November 13, or at their voting place on election day.

Candidates are being informed of the measures the City is taking because the number of electors in each ward - and across the City, in the case of candidates for Mayor - may impact campaign expense limits, which are established by provincial law. Mayoralty candidates can spend $7,500, plus 70 cents per elector, while Councillor candidates can spend $5,000, plus 70 cents per elector. Official spending limits will be announced on October 10.

View sample letter to candidates, and fact sheet. For more information, the public should call Election and Registry Services at 416-338-1111.

Media contact:
Brad Ross, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8937, (cell) 416-919-6503



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