Information About Internet Voting

When is internet voting available?

Registration begins Thursday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m. and ends Monday October 20th at 4:00 p.m.

Internet voting is available 24 hours a day from Thursday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m

Is internet voting secure?

Security protocols for the internet voting system are similar to secure online transaction systems used by banks and other organizations with similar privacy and confidentiality concerns.

How does the internet voting process work?

You will receive a Voter Card in the mail in September.  This verifies your information on the Voters’ List.  If it is not accurate or you don’t receive a card, contact the Clerk’s Department

Your Voter Card will include a website link and a randomly generated Elector Identification number (EID number) that will allow you to register for internet voting.

Can I vote by internet if I am not on the Voters List?

Yes, but first you must appear before the Clerk or designate, at City Hall, present photo identification and be added to the Voters List.  This is necessary to verify your identity.

Step 1 - Registration

From October 9 to October 20, you can visit the City website, enter your EID number and personal information as directed.  You will be asked to enter an on-screen verification code (this is a randomly generated security code that prevents automated hacking) and submit.

The registration page will ask you to respond to one of four personal questions from a drop down menu.  You will need to verify your secret answer to become a registered on-line elector. 

You will be asked to provide your email address to receive the PIN.  You will receive an email confirming you are registered to vote using the Internet voting system and the email will contatin a link for you to access your voter PIN.

When you click on the link in the confirmation email you will be taken to a secure website and will be asked to confirm information, including your voter ID, name and date of birth, to receive your voter PIN. Once the PIN is received, you will need to write it down and have it available when you login to cast your vote online.

If you happen to misplace your PIN please contact the Clerk's Department at 613-968-6481 and someone will be able to assist you.

When your PIN arrives you can vote.

Step 2 - Vote

As a registered on-line voter you will enter the EID and PIN, answer the personal question you established during the Internet voting registration process and enter the onscreen verification code.

You will make a Declaration that you are entitled to vote in the City of Belleville election and that you are a Canadian citizen.

The ballot for which you are qualified will appear.

You will be prompted to move from one voting screen to the next until all offices have been voted for.

If you over vote for any of the offices you will be alerted.  You will be permitted to under vote, or elect not to vote, for any office. 

You will be able to review your votes for each office before casting your ballot and you may change the vote for any of the offices at anytime before verifying the vote and submitting the ballot.

When satisfied you will then cast the ballot (by submitting the ballot).  The system will acknowledge when the casting of the ballot vote has been successfully completed.  Once the ballot is submitted it cannot be reclaimed or re-voted (no additional ballots can be obtained in the event of error).

If I vote by internet, can I also vote at the polls?

No, you can only vote once, either at the polls or by internet.  Once you have voted by internet your name will be identified on the Voters’ List as having voted.

I don’t have a computer – can I still vote by internet?

Yes. You may use any computer with Internet access or use the Belleville Public Library computers available for public use.

What if I have technical problems logging-in or if my on-line voting process is disrupted?

Contact the Clerk's Department at 613-968-6481.  On-line technical support staff do not have access to PIN information.  You will need to confirm your chosen secret question for verification purposes. Support staff can only reset a PIN if the status of the on-line voting system reads ‘not voted’.

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