Voter Information for Municipal Elections

When are municipal elections?

The next general municipal election will be held on Monday, November 7, 2022. They are held every four years on the first Monday in November. (MGA - section 37) Between the general municipal election, if there are vacancies that occur on council, a by-election must be held within six months of the vacancy. 

What are the rules for running a municipal election?

All municipalities follow the same election process and the procedures for general elections as outlined in 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 Municipal Electoral Officer (MEO) until October 25th, 2022. After 12:00 p.m. on October 25th, 2022 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 voting day (an advance poll day or on election day - November 7th, 2022).. 

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 the second week after the election or by-election.  

Municipalities may post the results on their website.  

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.  Search 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: 
January 29, 2021