Voter Information for Municipal Elections

When are municipal elections?

The next general municipal election will be held on Monday, November 5, 2018.  The municipal council for the Resort Municipality was elected by acclamation on August 3, 2018

What are the rules for running a municipal election?

Election processes are the same for all municipalities and the procedures for general elections are guided by the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the Municipal Election Regulations, the Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses Bylaw Regulations, and the Plebiscite Regulations.  
 
View the Municipal Elections Page for more information. 

Who can vote in a municipal election?

You can vote in a municipal election if you*:
  • Are a Canadian citizen
  • Are at least 18 years of age or older
  • Have lived in PEI for at least 6 months before election day
  • Are ordinarily a resident in the municipality on election day
*Different rules apply in the Resort Municipality (see section 32 of the MGA).  

How can I tell if I am on the List of Electors for my municipality?

The Municipal Electoral Officer (MEO) for your municipality is responsible for developing the list of electors.  Contact your MEO if you have questions.  
 
The preliminary and official list of electors is only provided to election officials and to each officially nominated candidate or their agent. 

How do I register as an elector in my municipality?

Electors can register or update their information with their MEO from October 16th to 11:59 am, October 23rd, 2018. 
After 12:00 pm on October 23rd, 2018 there can be no additions or revisions to the list of electors. 
 
If you are not registered as an elector, but are eligible to vote, you will need to register at your polling station on a voting day (an advance poll day or on election day - November 5th, 2018). 
 

What do I need to bring with me in order to vote in the municipal election?

Electors must bring identification (ID) or documents with their name and address.  Electors can bring:
  • One piece of government ID with their name and address, OR 
  • Two pieces of ID or documents with their name on both and address on at least one.

Electors who cannot prove their current address can bring two pieces of ID with their name and sign a declaration at the poll.  Look at examples of acceptable forms of identification or documentation.

Where can I find information about who is running for Council in my municipality?

The Municipal Electoral Officer (MEO) will post a notice of the nominated candidates in the municipal election office at the end of the nomination period.  The MEO also has the option to post the notice in any additional ways that capture the attention of the electors in the municipality. 

When will I learn the results of a municipal election?

The latest an MEO may verify the votes are by 10:00 am on the second day after the election.  Depending on the need for recounts or a judicial review, the latest possible date for the declaration of candidates would be by November 19, 2018.  
 
Municipalities may post the results on their website.  Municipal Affairs will prepare an Election Summary Report once all of the municipalities have reported their results.  
  • 2018 Municipal Election Summary Report (not available yet)

Unofficial results of some municipalities may be published on 2018 Municipal Elections.

Where can I find the contact information for a municipality?

You can check the municipality’s website for contact information.  Municipal Affairs maintains a directory for all municipalities, based on the information provided by each municipality.  View the Municipal Directory.  
 
Note: This page is prepared for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice.
Published date: 
February 28, 2018