When is the 2017 municipal election being held?  

The 2017 municipal election is being held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. This date will be preceded by an election period starting on Friday, September 8, 2017, at which time the vote by mail kits will be posted to eligible voters on the voters' list.

The 2017 municipal election results will be tallied and made available shortly following the close of polls at 8 p.m. on September 26, 2017.  

Who is eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • 18 years of age or older; and
  • ordinarily resident in the City of St. John’s for 30 days preceding election day.

What do you mean by “ordinarily resident”?

Section 24 of The Municipal Elections Act defines your ordinary place of residence as follows:
(a) a person shall be a resident of the place where he or she lives and sleeps and to which, when absent, he or she intends to return; 
(b) residency is not lost by a person who leaves that residence for temporary purposes only; and
(c) the place where a person's family resides shall be his or her residence unless that person commences and continues to live at some other place with the intention of remaining there, in which case, the person shall be considered to be resident in the place in which he or she intends to reside.
A person shall, for the purpose of this Act, have only one place of residency.

How can I find out if my name is on the voters’ list?

For the 2017 election, the City will be using the Permanent List of Electors which is established and maintained for use in federal and provincial elections. To determine if your name is on the voters’ list, do one of the following:

  • Check the on-line Voter Registration Portal; or
  • Call 311 and talk to one of our Citizen Service Representatives; or
  • Visit our Access St. John’s Service Centre on the 1st floor of City Hall  

How do I get my name put on the voters’ list?

Should you determine that your name is not on the list, you can do one of the following:

  • Register online via the  on-line Voter Registration Portal;
  • In person at the Access St. John's Service Centre, 1st floor, City Hall, with applicable ID showing your civic address, e.g. a driver's license and have a customer service representative witness the same;
  • Download and mail via Canada Post Form  CORP-1006 - Application for Inclusion on Voters List together with copies of the applicable ID;
  • or email to election@stjohns.ca, together with electronic scans of the applicable ID.

Applicable ID can be a driver's license containing both your name, current mailing address and signature. If your current mailing address is not listed on your ID, a copy of a utility bill containing your name and address will suffice. 

Can I get my name placed on the voters’ list on election day?

On election day, you can visit the satellite drop-off centre in your ward and be sworn in. Again, identification showing your civic address must be provided. The locations of the satellite drop-off centres are as follows:   

Ward 1 Paul Reynolds Community Centre
Wedgewood Park, 35 Carrick Drive
Ward 2 Knights of Columbus
49 St. Clare Avenue
Ward 3 Royal Canadian Legion
57-59 Blackmarsh Rd
Ward 4 St. David's Presbyterian Church Hall
98 Elizabeth Avenue
Ward 5 Southlands Community Center
40 Teakwood Drive

Will the City be using the vote by mail voting procedure again for the 2017 election?

Yes, we will. The vote by mail procedure proved to be a success for the four municipal elections as well as the three municipal byelections held since 2001. 

How does the vote by mail procedure work?

Prior to election day, each voter on the voters list receives a Vote By Mail Kit. Simply follow the voting instructions in the kit and complete the enclosed voter declaration form and ballot and return both in the provided envelope.

I have moved to a new address. How can I have my Vote By Mail Kit sent to the new address?

Just contact the Access St. John’s Service Centre at 311 and provide your previous address and your new address. Once it has been confirmed that you are on the voters’ list, your vote by mail kit will be forwarded to your new address.

I have received a Vote By Mail Kit. Do I have to wait until September 22 before mailing my Return Envelope?

No. You can complete your Vote By Mail ballot and mail it any time prior to September 22. Alternatively, you can drop it off at one of the satellite drop-off centres on September 26 or at the specially designated mail box set up in front of City Hall for that purpose.

What is the deadline for mailing in my Return Envelope?

Return Envelopes must be mailed by Friday, September 22, 2017.

If I don’t mail in my ballot by Friday, September 22, 2017, how do I make sure that my vote is received in time for the counting of ballots?

If your Return Envelope is not mailed by Friday, September 22, your vote can still be counted. There are two options available to you:

  1. A mail box will be placed outside the main entrance of City Hall where you can deposit your return envelope 24 hours a day up to 8 p.m. on Election Day (September 26, 2017).
  2. On Election Day, there will be a satellite drop-off centre set up in each ward. You can drop your return envelope into the drop off centre prior to 8 p.m. on election day. The following is a list of satellite drop-off sites:
    Ward 1 Paul Reynolds Community Center
    Wedgewood Park, 35 Carrick Drive
    Ward 2 Knights of Columbus
    49 St. Clare Avenue
    Ward 3 Royal Canadian Legion
    57-59 Blackmarsh Rd
    Ward 4 St. David's Presbyterian Church Hall
    98 Elizabeth Avenue
    Ward 5 Southlands Community Centre
    40 Teakwood Drive


Will my ballot remain secret?

Yes! The process for sorting and storing the Vote By Mail Return Envelopes has security features that will protect the secrecy of your vote.

Will the Ballots be counted as they are received?

No. All returned Secrecy Envelopes containing the ballots will be stored in a secure vault until election day. No counting of ballots will take place before election day September 26, 2017.

I received my Vote By Mail Kit in the mail, but unfortunately “the dog ate my envelope”. Can I get another Vote Kit?

If your Vote By Mail Kit is damaged, OR if you accidently mark your Secrecy Envelope in a way that might identify you as the sender, you can contact the Access St. John’s Service Centre and a new Vote-By-Mail Kit will be issued to you. However, the original Vote By Mail Kit must be returned to the Service Centre before a new Vote By Mail Kit can be issued.

When will the results of the Election Count be made available?

The results of the Election Count will be announced some time after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, once all the votes have been tabulated. 

What arrangements have been made to accommodate persons with disabilities?

The Elections Coordinator will be working with the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusion to ensure accessibility of Election 2017. The following is noteworthy:

  • As the City is using Vote by Mail, each voter will have approximately two weeks in which to cast their ballot. A family member and/or trusted friend can assist you in completing your ballot, if required. If such a person is not available to you, you may contact Access St. John’s Service Center at 311 and speak with a Citizen Service Representative who will gladly help you. 
  • In previous municipal elections, adequate technology was not available to facilitate privacy in the casting of ballots by those who had no other option but to seek another’s assistance. Council has approved the use of the ImageCast Ballot Marker from Dominion Voting Systems as one solution to this  problem. If an elector would like to mark their ballot using this assistive device, the poll worker will instruct the elector on the voting process and options. The elector will use the Audio Tactile Interface (ATI) assistive vote selector device, or optional additional assistive devices such as paddles or sip-and-puff.  These devices assist those who are blind or who lack the use of their hands or feet to mark the ballot. Please view how the ImageCast Ballot Marker works in this video.  
  • All of our Satellite Drop-off Centers are wheelchair accessible and will have staff available to provide assistance to voters who require it.

What arrangements can be made for registered voters unable to cast a ballot due to an impediment such as being out of town? 

Registered Voters who are unable to vote due to an impediment such as being out of town during the election are unable to participate in the election.