How to Register to Vote for the Ontario 2022 Election

By Remitbee - Jan 26, 2022

2022 is a big year for voters in Ontario as the province will have its two major elections this year—June 2 for the provincial election and October 24 for the municipal elections. Every vote counts, especially if you want to help make a better change in your community. That is why, if you're going to take part in this year's elections, this article will teach you the ropes on how to register to vote for the Ontario 2022 election.

If you are not yet registered to vote, you must be on the voters' list or the Permanent Register of Lectors for Ontario to be qualified to vote. You can add yourself to the voters' list with eRegistration. eRegistration is vital because this is the easiest way to register to vote for the Ontario 2022 elections. Moreover, here you can add, update, confirm, remove your information or request the removal of information of a deceased person. Otherwise, you can all add yourself to the list when you vote. Just bring one of your IDs that show your name and current residential address. Remember that when you do the second option, it will take extra time as you must complete a form.

In Ontario, there are three electoral registers for provincial and by-elections:

  • The voters' list
  • The Register of Absentee Voters

The Ontario Register of Future Voters

So, whether you are in Ontario or not or is 18 and below, you can still register and contribute to your community's big change.

The Voters List

To be part of the Permanent Register of Electors for Ontario, you must be:

  • 18 years old and above
  • A Canadian citizen
  • A resident of Ontario.

You can use the eRegsitration to confirm, update, or add more information to the voters list if you changed your address, changed your name, or recently became eligible to vote. Once you are part of the voters' list, you will receive a voter information card containing the information of when and where to vote via mail.

Once you receive your voter information card, you will need to provide an accepted ID containing your name and current residential address. You should also complete the Application to the Voters List (Permanent Register of Electors) form and return them to Elections Ontario via:

Email to [email protected] with the attached copy of your ID; or

Send a mail with a photocopy of your ID to:

Elections Ontario
Attention: PREO
51 Rolark Drive
Toronto Ontario
M1R 3B1

Register of Absentee Voters

You can still register in the 2022 Ontario elections as an absentee voter if you are temporarily living outside Ontario. If you qualify, you can be an absentee voter for up to two years from when you temporarily left the province. To qualify, you should also satisfy the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen
  • Temporarily living outside Ontario
  • A resident of Ontario of at least one year before leaving
  • Has an intent on returning to Ontario

    To register as an absentee voter, use eRegistration to add, update, or confirm your information. You can also use this to transfer your information to the voter's list. Provide an accepted ID and complete the Application for the Ontario Register of Absentee Voters form and submit it via:

Email to [email protected] with the attached copy of your ID; or

Send a mail with a photocopy of your ID to:

Elections Ontario

Attention: PREO

51 Rolark Drive

Toronto Ontario

M1R 3B1

Note: Your last residential address in Ontario will be the basis of your electoral district while you are registered as an absentee voter.

Once approved, note the following:

  • You can only vote by mail.

  • You cannot make changes to your absentee record five weeks before the election day.

  • You will receive a voting kit via mail if there is an election in your electoral district.

  • You should cover the cost of returning your completed ballot before 6 PM (Eastern Time) on the election day.

  • You must apply to be transferred to the voter's list and update your information once you have returned and resumed residing in Ontario or have exceeded the two-year limit.

  • Elections Ontario may periodically require additional information or confirm your status as an absentee voter.

Ontario Register of Future Voters

Even if you are not yet 18 years old, you can be part of the Ontario Register of Future Voters. Once you turn 18, you will automatically be added to the voters' list. You just have to reach these requirements:

  • 16 to 17 years of age

  • A Canadian citizen

A resident of Ontario

If you reach these three requirements, all you have to do is use eRegistration to add, update, or confirm your information on the Ontario Register of Future Voters. You should be the one to do this as forms submitted on behalf of another person will not be accepted.

Submit a copy of your ID that contains your name and current address and complete the Application to the Ontario Register of Future Voters form. Upon completion, submit your application by:

Email to [email protected] with the attached copy of your ID; or

Send a mail with a photocopy of your ID to:

Elections Ontario
Attention: PREO
51 Rolark Drive
Toronto Ontario
M1R 3B1

The future of Ontario rests in your vote. May these tips help you quickly and conveniently register as a voter in this 2022 Ontario election.

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