Under Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 voters who are unable to vote for any reason on any of the available voting days, can appoint another eligible elector (A Voting Proxy) to vote on your behalf.
How do I Choose a Voting Proxy?
A Voting Proxy must be someone:
- who is eligible to vote in the City of Hamilton Municipal Election
- who the voter can trust to vote the way they wish.
A voter can only choose one person to vote on their behalf. A Voting Proxy can only vote on behalf of one person unless they are voting on behalf of immediate family members. Immediate family members include:
How to Appoint a Voting Proxy
To appoint a Voting Proxy, an Appointment for Voting Proxy - Form 3 must be completed and certified by the City Clerk or Designate. Appointment for Voting Proxy Forms are available from the Office of the City Clerk.
Note: A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity is still required to get a certified Voting Proxy Appointment Form.
The Voting Proxy Appointment Form must be completed and signed by the voter and the proxy voter.
The Appointment for Voting Proxy must be certified in person by the Elector being appointed at the Office of the City Clerk, 71 Main St. West, Hamilton Ontario L8P 4Y5 during these hours:
- 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays; or
- 8:30 am to 5 pm on any day of advance vote occurring during regular business days; or
- 12 noon to 5 pm on any day of advance vote when the vote occurs on a day that City Hall is normally not open.
What the Elector being appointed needs to bring to the Office of the City Clerks:
- The Application for Voting Proxy - Form 3 - filled out and signed by voter requesting vote by proxy
- Identification of the voter and voting proxy will be required for certification