When and where to vote

Voting Day is on Monday, October 24, 2022 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Locations and advance voting dates will be posted here when available.


On this page

  1. Advance votes
  2. Register to vote by mail
  3. Voter identification
  4. Accessibility
  5. Interpreters and assistants
  6. Voting proxies
  7. Leaving work to vote

Advance votes

We will have advance voting locations if you want to vote before October 24.

Dates, times and locations will be posted here when available.


Register to vote by mail

In 2022 you can vote by mail instead of at a voting location. Mailing your ballot is safe and secure if you do not want to vote in person.

Starting on July 22, you can register to vote by mail:

  • online
  • by phone
  • in person at the Legislative Services counter at city hall

You must be on the voters list to register to vote by mail.

Add yourself to the voters list using the voter lookup service.

Registration for vote-by-mail is not currently available. You can register for vote-by mail starting on July 22.


Voter identification

To vote you need to bring one piece of valid identification to your voting location. The name and address must match your information on the voters list.

The identification must be an original or a copy certified by a notary public. You cannot use electronic copies including photos or videos.

If you do not have valid identification or if it does not have the right address, you can sign a legal declaration at your voting place confirming you are eligible to vote in Waterloo. 


Accessibility

All voting locations are in buildings with accessible parking and entrances. Service animals will be accommodated.

Accessible voting equipment will be available at city hall during all advance votes and on voting day. This equipment will allow you to vote without assistance if you are blind or have low vision, have physical disabilities or difficulty reading or writing.

If you have problems at your voting location and need additional accommodation, ask our trained election staff for help.


Interpreters and assistants

If you have difficulty understanding English, you can bring an interpreter to help you vote. The interpreter will swear an oath that they will faithfully translate between the voter and the election workers.

Interpretation for certain languages, including American Sign Language, will be offered at city hall at 100 Regina Street South during all advance votes and on voting day. If you would like to find out whether interpretation in any specific language will be available, please contact us.

If a voter requires assistance in the voting booth, they can bring a trusted family member or friend to help them. That person will swear an oath that they will assist the voter as directed and will not reveal how they voted.

Candidates and campaign workers may not be interpreters or assistants.


Voting proxies

If you are eligible to vote but can’t attend a voting location, you can have another person vote for you. This person is called a proxy.

Your proxy must be eligible to vote in Waterloo. A person cannot:

  • appoint more than one proxy
  • act as a voting proxy for more than one other person unless the appointed proxy and that other person are spouses or siblings of each other, parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild

Appointments for voting proxies will be accepted beginning at 4:00 p.m. on August 22.

To appoint your proxy, complete two copies of the appointment for voting proxy form and have them signed by your proxy.

Bring both copies of completed forms to the City Clerk’s office on the third floor of city hall to be signed in front of a commissioner of oaths. Forms will also be accepted at advance vote locations if they are held on a weekend when city hall is closed.

On the day your proxy votes, they must bring the original signed form to the voting place and swear an oath confirming their identity and that they will vote as you instructed.


Leaving work to vote

Your employer must provide you with three consecutive hours off work between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on voting day, if your scheduled work hours would not otherwise provide you this time.

Your employer may choose when they provide you this time. They may not deduct from your pay or impose any other penalty for taking this time to vote.

For more information contact our elections office at 519-747-8704, TTY 1-866-786-3941 or elections@waterloo.ca.