Casting Your Ballot

Casting Your Ballot

In the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election, voters have the option of casting their vote online or on a traditional paper ballot.

Whether you’re voting online or in person, you will need your Voter Information Letter (VIL). You should receive it in the mail in late September/early October. The voting systems for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Election will be delivered by Scytl (online) and their partner Clear Ballot (paper ballot).

More information on Voter Information Letters and what to do if you do not receive one.

Electronic Voting

Electronic voting will open on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Monday, October 24, 2022.

During this time, you will be able to cast your ballot online at any time 24/7, as long as you have your VIL, which contains the link to the online voting system and a personal identification number (PIN). Voters will use the PIN and their date of birth to access the online voting system.

We have offered voters the ability to vote online since the 2014 Municipal and School Board Election and approximately half of all ballots in our elections are cast online.

Paper Ballot Voting

There are a number of options and locations available for in-person paper ballot voting.

Advance voting will be held on Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. at three vote anywhere locations. 

On Election Day, Monday October 24, there will be 27 voting locations open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The City of Greater Sudbury uses a ‘vote anywhere’ method for paper ballot voting. Unlike voting in federal and provincial elections, you do not need to attend a specific voting location. You can attend whichever location is most accessible and convenient for you.

How are voting locations chosen?

The City runs its election a little differently than other levels of government and other municipalities in Ontario.

We were one of the first municipalities in Ontario to implement a vote anywhere, ballot on demand voting model. One of the biggest differences between our election and others is the way we choose our voting locations.

Voting locations are chosen based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to:

  • Accessibility for persons with disabilities
  • General ease of access for voters within the catchment area  
  • General community familiarity with the location
  • Proximity to main roadways and transit stops
  • Availability of parking
  • Necessary power and internet or cellular requirements

An added consideration for this election involves ensuring that locations have sufficient space to allow for distancing and spacing of voters and election staff, given the continuing presence of COVID-19 in the community. 

Locations that were chosen are commonly used as voting locations by other levels of government. We understand that no location is perfect, and some areas of the city have limited locations available that satisfy the necessary criteria. The election team aims to balance these factors in selecting locations.