City looking to public for input on 2022 municipal election

Posted on Monday October 04, 2021

With about a year to go until the 2022 municipal election the City of St. Catharines is looking to voters for their input on how they would prefer to cast a ballot.

More individuals are participating in and engaging with their community at a distance, be it by phone, mail or online. With increasing resident comfort in new means of engagement the City wants to ensure voters can not only cast their ballot securely for City Council, Regional Council and school boards, but also that they can vote in a way that is both convenient and comfortable for them.

With that in mind the City is examining the possibility of introducing, if feasible, new voting methods next year in addition to traditional in-person casting of ballots. Potential voting methods include mail-in voting; internet voting; and telephone voting.

“Election participation is so important to the health of our democracy and what we really want is for all our residents to get out and vote. The last two years have highlighted the importance of being able to engage and serve our residents at a distance, and that is something we want to bring into the election process so we can reach more voters and build a more representative democracy,” said City Clerk Bonnie Nistico-Dunk.

With the City examining possibilities for alternative voting methods, including limitations, we are looking to the public to provide their input and preferences as it pertains to casting a ballot. Specifically, residents are invited to learn more about alternative voting methods and complete the short survey at EngageSTC.ca/Vote2022.

The survey will be open for responses until Oct. 18 at 4 p.m..

 

Contact:

CitizensFirst@stcatharines.ca

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