Brandon Votes

Frequently Asked Questions

When do municipal elections take place?

Manitoba municipal elections are held every four years. The general Election Day is always the fourth Wednesday in October. The next general municipal election will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

What is the term length of municipal elected officials?

If elected to a municipal council, you will be expected to serve a four year term. Officially, the term begins at noon the day after Election Day.    

Who is eligible to vote in a municipal election?

  1. Resident Voters: In order to qualify as a resident voter, a person must be:
    • A Canadian citizen;
    • At least 18 years of age on Election Day; and
    • A resident of the City of Brandon for at least six months on Election Day.
  1. Non-resident Voters: In order to qualify as a non-resident voter, a person must be:
    • A Canadian citizen;
    • At least 18 years of age on Election Day; and
    • A registered owner of land in the City of Brandon for at least six months on Election Day.

Persons with no fixed address may vote in a municipal election. If the person has no ordinary or "fixed" residence in the local authority, they are deemed to reside at the shelter, hostel or other similar institution that most frequently provides lodging, food or other social services.

If there are more than two non-resident property owners for a single property, a maximum of two can vote in a municipal election. In order to vote, each voter must obtain written consent from the majority of the registered property owners, and file this with the Senior Election Official.

In the case of ward elections, a voter must vote in the ward where they reside, even if they own property in more than one ward. If a property owner does not reside in the municipality, but owns property in more than one ward, the person must apply to the Senior Election Official to designate their voting ward. The voter must choose a ward before the voters list is closed to revisions, or the Senior Election Official will choose a ward on the voters behalf.

 I don’t live in the City of Brandon, but I own property - can I vote?

If you are a resident of Manitoba, own property in the municipality, and are otherwise qualified to vote, you may be able to vote in the municipal election as a non-resident property owner.

If you own property with other non-resident property owners, only two of you can vote. You must obtain written consent from the majority of the other property owners and file this with the Senior Election Official in order to vote.

IMPORTANT - For school division elections, if I don’t reside in the school division, but own property - can I vote?

No, for school division elections, you must be a resident of the school division to be eligible to vote. Non-resident property voters may only vote in municipal elections.

I live in one ward and own property in another. Can I vote in both?

No, you may only vote once in an election within a municipality. If you live in one ward and own property in another ward, you must vote in the ward where you reside.

I own property in two wards in the City of Brandon - Can I vote in both wards?

No, you may only vote once in an election within a municipality. If you own property in two wards, you must notify the Senior Election Official of the ward where you would like to vote. If you do not choose a ward at least six weeks before Election Day, the Senior Election Official will choose one for you.

I live in one municipality, and own property in another municipality. Can I vote in both municipal elections?

Yes, if you are qualified as a resident voter in one municipality, and are qualified as a non-resident property owner in another municipality, you can vote in both municipal elections.

My property is registered in the name of a corporation. Am I qualified to vote as a non-resident owner in the municipal election where that property is located?

No, the owners of a corporation or a company do not quality to vote in a municipal election as non-resident owners. Unless you are a resident of that local authority, your property must be registered in your name and not in the name of a corporation before you qualify to vote.

I am a member of a First Nation, living on reserve. Can I vote in a municipal election?

Persons residing within a First Nations reserve are not residents of any municipality, and are therefore not qualified to vote in a municipal election. First Nations reserves are excluded from municipal boundaries, as set out in the Municipal Status and Boundaries Regulation (567/88 R). However, if you reside on a First Nations reserve, but own property in a municipality, you are entitled to vote as a non-resident property owner.

.Do I need identification in order to vote? 

Yes you will be required to present identification.  Acceptable identification includes an official document issued by the federal, provincial or municipal government that contains the voter’s name, address and photograph or at least two documents that provide evidence satisfactory to the election official.

If I am not on the voters list, can I still register to vote on Election Day?

Yes, any qualified voter who is not on the voters list can vote on Election Day. However, you will be asked to provide photo identification when registering to vote, so ensure you bring acceptable identification with you to the voting station. If you are not sure of the voting station you are to attend, contact your local municipal office.

How will I know where to vote?

First you will determine which of the 10 wards in which you reside, then you may choose any location, within your ward, to mark your ballot.  There are also 2 All Ward Voting Places set up to accommodate any voter in any ward for convenience.  Please visit City of Brandon - Voting Locations to obtain a listing of voting places.

If a voter accidentally spoils their ballot, can they request a replacement ballot?

Yes, if a voter accidentally spoils their ballot paper, it can be returned to the voting official and the person will be given another ballot. The returned ballot is immediately marked "spoiled" and is placed in a special envelope for spoiled ballots.

Can I take someone into the voting compartment with me?

Yes. A voter with a physical disability or who has difficulty reading may ask the voting official to allow another person to help with marking his / her ballot. The "friend of the voter" must be at least 18 years of age, must not have assisted more than one other person, and must take an oath that he / she will preserve the secrecy of the vote. In addition, any election official may assist a voter that requires help marking his / her ballot.

How can a visually impaired or blind person be assisted in marking their ballot?

A template should be available to assist a visually impaired voter in marking their ballot. The template allows the voter to mark the ballot by lining up the template circles over the ballot, and marking the appropriate circle for the candidate of their choice. The election official may be asked to assist the voter in getting to and from the voting compartment, but must leave the voting compartment while the voter marks the ballot (unless the voter requests further assistance from the election official).

In addition, the voter may wish for an election official or friend to accompany him / her to the voting compartment to assist in marking the ballot according to the voter’s wishes.

How many voters may a person assist in marking their ballot?

Except for an election official, who may assist as many voters as required, a person may assist no more than two voters in marking their ballot.

I have difficulty understanding the voting official because I am not fluent in the language being spoken. How can I be assisted in marking my ballot?

You may bring an interpreter with you if you require assistance in marking your ballot provided that the interpreter is:

  • A person duly appointed to act as interpreter during the present election and is at least 18 years of age on Election Day;
  • Able to make the translation and will do so to the best of their ability; and
  • Will not attempt to influence how the voter votes.

If no interpreter is available, the voter may ask for the assistance of an election official when voting.

I won’t be here on Election Day - how can I vote?

Advanced Voting Opportunities are as follows:

  • Wednesday October 12, 2018, from 8:00am-8:00pm at City Hall, Main Foyer
  • Thursday October 20 2018, from 10:00am-8:00pm at City Hall, Main Foyer
  • Saturday October 22, 2018, from 10:00am-6:00pm at the Pioneer Lounge, Keystone Centre

Can I vote by mail?

Yes, interested voters should contact the Senior Election Official to obtain an application form.  

Can I vote through the Internet?

No, Internet voting is not available in Manitoba.