Listos para votar

By on October 10, 2014

El aroma de las elecciones municipales está en el aire y en pleno apogeo. Aquí quiero compartir información importante acerca de esto.

Por que debemos votar los latinoamericanos? Sencillamente por que el voto nos da la oportunidad de decir y decidir acerca de asuntos importantes que nos afectan a todos. Desde caminos y reciclajes en nuestra área hasta los impuestos que pagamos. Quizás usted piense que que no quiere votar ahora, pero si un asunto o problema llegase y usted quiere hacer valer sus derechos como ciudadano y está registrado para votar, usted tendrá la oportunidad de hacerlo. Muchos me pregunta si deben registrase o no. Les recuerdo que el registrarse para votar no significa usted tiene que votar, simplemente significa que usted puede votar si así lo quisiera. Simple, si usted no se registra, no puede votar.

Les confienso que siempre he visto mi voto como un pequeño grano de arena en la playa cuando voto por Primer Ministro o MP’s, pero al mismo tiempo al momento de elegir a quien quiero como alcalde y como concejal, mi voto resuena como piedras en cubeta. El voto de todos nosotros en las elecciones locales es el más importante y que conllevan el mayor significado e impacto en la vida diaria de todos.

El voto me da la oportunidad de expresar y valer mi opinión. En estas elecciones locales mi voto pudiera posiblemente ser el voto decisivo. Y esto es emocionante para mi. Esta es una oportunidad de hacer real e inmediato el cambio que deseamos. Que tan seguido tenemos esta oportunidad? Cada cuatro años!

En London, la última ‘All-Candidates meeting’ se llevará acabo el jueves 16 de octubre, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. hosted by Rotary Club of London-Hyde Park en el West Haven Golf & Country Club. Todos los candidatos a la oficina del alcalde se darán cita. Les comparto esta información en ingles.

First, get on the list!
The City of London’s next Municipal and School Board Elections take place on October 27, 2014. Make sure you’re eligible to vote! Confirm your name is on the list in a few easy steps, and get ready to have your say. The Voters’ List is just what it sounds like – a list of the people living in a municipality who are eligible to vote.
Eligible voters will receive a Voter Card in the mail, sent out by the City of London on October 1st.

Second, check your Identifications: Bring ID to Vote
Identification is required when you vote. Please bring an original, or certified/notarized copy, of one of the following documents:
-Ontario Driver’s Licence
-Ontario Health Card (photo card)
-Ontario Motor Vehicle Permit (plate portion)
-A mortgage, lease, or rental agreement
-An insurance policy
-Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)

Don’t have identification? A form is available at all voting locations for you to provide a statutory declaration in absence of the required identification.

A more detailed list of acceptable documents for voter identification is available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Voter Notification Card (Voter Card)

On October 1st, the Elections Office began mailing out a Voter Card to every person on the Voters’ List. This card advises you where to vote on Election Day, and also lists the locations of all Advance Polls (vote at the location of your choice). Bring the card with you when you vote! If you didn’t receive a Voter Card, you can still vote at any Advance Poll or at your designated poll on Voting Day.  Be sure to bring identification.

Where to Vote: You Have Options!

Vote By Mail.The deadline for applying to Vote by Mail has now passed. See you at the polls!

Vote at an Advance Poll

Vote at the polling location of your choice, in advance of Voting Day! Many people find Advance Polls to be the most convenient way to vote, as you pick the day and location, (rather than voting at your designated polling location on Voting Day, October 27). Advance Polls are also a handy option for anyone who will be out of town or unable to vote on October 27. Require assistance voting?  Accessible Voting Machines will be available at every Advance Poll location. Advance polling locations will be available to any eligible voters from: October 11 – 18, 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Vote on Voting Day

Sometimes referred to as ‘Election Day’, Voting Day is October 27.  If you choose to vote on this day, you will vote at a designated polling location. In early October, ‘Voter Notification Cards’ will be mailed to everyone on the Voters’ List. The card will indicate where you should vote on Voting Day. Don’t have your Voter Card? Use our Where Do I Vote app to help find your polling location for Voting Day.

Who Can Vote?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must meet the Qualifications of Electors as listed in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, s.17(2). A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she,

(a) resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant;
(b) is a Canadian citizen;
(c) is at least 18 years old; and
(d) is not prohibited from voting under subsection (3) or otherwise by law.

Student Voting

Students are allowed to vote in both their home municipality and the municipality where they are attending school.

Creo absolutamente en este proceso democrático. Creo absolutamente en la idea de que votar por cualquier candidato, de cualquier lado de cualquier tema es supremamente importante. Porque cuando yo voto sé que no estoy sólo votando a favor de un candidato o un asunto en especial, sino también voy a votar por el futuro. Así que tal vez no estoy salvando a la ciudad al votar por mis candidatos seleccionados, pero estoy ejerciendo democracia sólo por el hecho de ejercer mi derecho al voto, y así usted también. En tones que, nos animamos?

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