Qualifications of an Elector
- not less than 18 years of age the date of the election;
- is a Canadian citizen;
- living in the Municipality for the six months immediately preceding the date of the election.
Registration of Electors
An elector who was not confirmed during the confirmation period may have their name added to the List of Electors by supplying the Returning Officer of their electoral Ward with the necessary information during the Voter Registration Period which ends, 20 days prior to ordinary polling day. Alternatively, an elector can register online using the self-serve registration portal at www.voterregistration.electionspei.ca
The first, and certainly one of the most important election activities to take place prior to a Municipal election is called the Confirmation of Electors in order to compile a list of eligible electors within Municipality, Ward and Poll. The start of the confirmation period starts on the date the Writ of Election is issued. A pair of confirmation officers must complete their task seven days from the date of the issue of the writ. They are required to visit each residence at least twice, if necessary, once between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and once between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The confirmation officers' duties are as follows:
- Knock on every door within their assigned Polling Division
- Identify all persons who are qualified to vote,
- Leave a record of their visit after collecting the electors information,
- In the event of not finding anyone at home, following the second visit, leave a Notice of Call form asking the occupants to phone the Returning Officers Office, and
- Forward all confirmation records to the Returning Officer.
List of Electors
Elections P.E.I. maintain a list of electors from previous election periods. When an election is called, Confirmation Officers attend every residence in Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford and Cornwall to confirm the information Elections P.E.I. has on eligible electors on the Official List of Electors. From the information gathered during the confirmation process, a preliminary List of Electors is created. When the Registration of Electors is complete, an Official List of Electors is then produced. It is this list which is used at polling stations during an election.