UXBRIDGE: The Township of Uxbridge is already gearing up for the 2018 municipal election, by announcing key dates, as well as voter and candidate information.
The Town would like to keep the election on people’s mind from the beginning of the year up until election day on October 22nd.
Regarding this year’s municipal election, the town’s deputy clerk Catalina Blumenberg said, “We are really putting an emphasis on communication.”
The Township of Uxbridge has revamped the way they communicate information through their website, and will be utilizing their social media accounts to keep residents up to date on the election. Catalina said, “We are putting out a lot more information through different avenues, it’s not just getting a letter in the mail anymore.”
This year’s election will be vote by mail, and the township will send out vote by mail kits closer to the election date. “It seems to be a really accessible method, Uxbridge has one of the highest voter turnouts for municipal elections in all of Ontario,” Catalina said.
In the 2014 municipal election, Uxbridge had a 50.56 per cent voter turnout, which is notably higher than Ontario’s average voter turnout at 43.12 per cent.
To help keep Uxbridge’s voter turnout high, Catalina said, “We are working really closely with the accessibility advisory committee on the election, to ensure that everybody has a chance to vote.”
According to Catalina, the township will be present in the community during election season, trying to encourage Uxbridge residents to get out and vote.
“We are going to be at the fall fair, and we are going to be at the Uxbridge arena to get people on the voters list,” she said. “We are going to go around to different retirement communities as well and pick up vote by mail kits there too.”
Catalina said, “Your vote has a lot of impact on your community, so it is vital that people vote by mail and have their voices heard because people can really make a difference through voting. I really encourage everybody in the community who is an eligible voter, to cast a ballot.”
She added, that local government is the closest level of government to the people, and whoever is elected effects the direction of the community.
Debbie Leroux, Director of Legislative Services/Clerk said, "Voting is important because it is the public's opportunity to shape the direction of the Township of Uxbridge by choosing its leaders for the next four years.”
The cost of the 2014 election was a little over $86,000 and the 2018 election preliminary budget is close to $98,000.
Catalina said, “As we get information and get closer to the election we will continue to update the website, and news releases, social media posts, and be out in the community to talk about everything that is upcoming.”
Anyone who would like more information about Uxbridge’s 2018 municipal election can contact the Township, at 905-852-9181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.