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September 14, 2006
City of Toronto confirms the qualifications of 26,015 voters
In early August, the City Clerk sent letters to 277,000 residents and all nominated candidates informing them of steps the City was 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 which municipalities are required, by law, to use.

If the resident was a qualified elector, they were requested by the City to confirm their entitlement to vote by completing the declaration on the back of the letter and returning it to the Clerk before September 8.

As of September 8, 26,015 individuals (nine per cent) had replied to the letter and confirmed their voter qualifications. 35,474 letters were returned to the City as “undeliverable” mail. These responses and any other elector revisions made to the voters’ list as of September 29, 2006 will be included in the Interim List of Changes to the voters’ list which is produced in early October.

Individuals who did not respond to the letter have been removed from the City’s voters’ list. Qualified electors who were removed from the list can still vote, either by adding their name to the voters’ list prior to November 13, or at their voting place when they go to vote.

An eligible elector can add their name to the voters’ list or revise their information by completing an “Application to Amend the Voters’ List.” On September 5, the forms became available on the City’s website, by mail through the election call centre, or from any of the City Clerk’s Offices across the City. Amendments can be made to the voters’ list up to, and including election day.

“All eligible electors will be able to vote in Toronto’s election,” said City Clerk Ulli S. Watkiss, responsible for the City’s election efforts. “We urge all eligible electors to verify that their name is on the City’s voters’ list. People can check if they are on the list by calling our election information line (416-338-1111). In addition, the voters’ list is available for public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 5 Elections and Registry Services counters and during normal branch hours at 19 libraries across the City.”

Individuals who are on the City’s voters’ list will receive a voter information card in the mail in late October telling them where and when they can vote on election day and the weekend advance vote (Saturday November 4 and Sunday November 5).

Staff have also been working with community and cultural groups to distribute information on the unconfirmed voter strategy to their members. Posters describing the strategy were delivered to 13 organizations and also available for download from the City’s website. Staff placed advertisements in major daily, community and ethnic newspapers advising the public of the situation. Information on the unconfirmed voter strategy was available in 17 languages on the City’s website.

Candidates were informed of the unconfirmed voter strategy 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 and Trustee candidates can spend $5,000, plus 70 cents per elector. Official spending limits will be provided to candidates by October 10.

For more information, please see the Fact Sheet on the Unconfirmed Voter Strategy.

Media contact:

Brad Ross
Strategic Communications
(cell) 416-919-6503



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