Posted Oct 13th, 2018


Your vote matters. Take the time to go out and vote on election day. It is your choices that help our communities thrive. 

While out on the campaign trail I have been asked so many questions about voting in the municipal election, I thought I'd put together a few things for everyone to offer assistance.

Who is Running: 

  • Mayor: Frank Campion, Steven Soos, David Clow - Learn more about the mayoral candidates here
  • Regional Councillor: (2 to be elected) Pat Chiocchio, Paul Grenier, George Marshall, Leanna Villella
  • English Public School: Sue Barnett, Lisa Mooney

2 to be elected for each of the Wards below: 

  • Ward 1 Councillor: Tom Bacolini, Robin Comtois, Shirley Cordiner, Mary Ann Grimaldi, Ryan Huckla, Adam Moote, Holly Syer - Learn more
  • Ward 2 Councillor: Serge Daoust, Debi Katsmar, David McLeod, Brad Ulch, Leo Van Vliet Learn more
  • Ward 3 Councillor: John Chiocchio, John Mastroianni, John McNall, Lucas Spinosa Learn more
  • Ward 4 Councillor: Tony Dimarco, Phil Gladman, Bryan Green, Maria Lallouet, Melissa McGlashan, Charles Owen Learn more
  • Ward 5 Councillor: Niki Ann Brideau, Ken LeBlanc, Claudette Richard, Leslie Robichaud, Graham Speck, Devin Paul St. Jean Learn more: 
  • Ward 6 Councillor: Bonnie Fokkens, Mike Konderka Jim Larouche, Jamie Lee, James Takeo Learn more: 

Where to Vote on October 22nd in Welland

Open Poll Locations: Welland Civic Square - 60 East Main St.,  and Welland Main Arena - 501 King Street. 

Touch screen voting, audio ballot and other assistive devices are available at the above two locations.

  • Ward 1: Centennial High School - 240 Thorold Road, Niagara College - Woodlawn Road entrance
  • Ward 2: Fitch Street School - 164 Fitch Street and Notre Dame College School - 64 Smith Street
  • Ward 3: Casa Dante Lodge - 34 Lincoln Street and Wellspring Community Church - 370 South Pelham Rd., 
  • Ward 4: Southridge Community Church 414 River Road and Wesley United Church 244 First Avenue
  • Ward 5: Eastdale Secondary School - 170 Wellington Street, and Royal Canadian Legion #4 - 383 Morningstar Avenue
  • Ward 6: Croation National Home - 6 Broadway, Diamond Trail School Library - 315 Southworth St. 

Additional locations to vote for Cooks Mills, Polls 4-1, 5-1, 6-1 only at Welland Fire Hall #4 - 882 Schisler Road. 

Additional locations to vote for Dain City Poll 6-2 only at Carrie Lyn Pinard Centre - 5 Forks Road


Who is eligible to vote?

You can vote in the municipal election if you:

  • Are a Canadian citizen;
  • Are 18 years of age or older;
  • Qualify to vote in the municipality.

Can I vote in the City I live in and another City where I own or rent property?

Yes, you can.

You can vote in the City you live in as a resident elector and vote in a City where you own property as a non-resident elector. As a non-resident elector, the property you own or rent must be in your name, not in the name of a company or a trust.

I am a student, can I vote where I live while in school and where I live when not in school?

There is a special rule for this - if where you live when you are not in school is considered to be your 'home', you can vote in both your home City and the City in which you are going to school.

Does the 3 hour voting rule still exist?

Yes, you are entitled to have 3 consecutive hours to vote - meaning you may be able to leave work an hour early or start an hour late in order to have 3 hours to vote. It is best to discuss this with your employer to determine the best time. It doesn't mean you get 3 hours off work.

What I.D. do I need to bring with me to vote?

You should bring I.D. that shows your name and address along with your voter card. The voter card is not required to vote, but I.D. is.   Acceptable I.D. examples include:

  • Ontario driver's license
  • Ontario health card (if your name and address are on the card)
  • Mortgage, lease or rental agreement
  • Insurance policy
  • Credit card statement
  • Bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone, internet

I don't like my candidate choices, can I decline to vote?

Yes, you can decline to vote. For this to be registered you will need to show up to vote. When you are presented with your ballot simply hand it back - you can choose to also state you are declining to vote. The ballot is then marked with 'declined' and counted in overall election results. Failure to show up to vote does not constitute a decline to vote.


More information specific to Welland is also available at 

Contact Me If You Have Questions

Debi Katsmar having fun with the Canada 150 selfie frame
Debi Katsmar trying curling at Rink 150 February 2017
Debi Katsmar speaking with guests at her Connectfest Niagara event 2016
Debi Katsmar and her love for everything owl

Thank You

Oct 23rd, 2018

Thank you!


Oct 13th, 2018

What you need to know about voting in the 2018 Municipal Elections in Welland #niagaravotes2018

Sunnyside Dairy Milk Wagon: Support for a Piece of Welland's History

Oct 6th, 2018

Sunnyside Dairy event at Seaway Mall with the Welland Historical Museum thanks to the efforts of Brad Ulch and others in the community.

Advance Voting Starts October 6th in Welland

Oct 2nd, 2018

Advance polls start October 6th, and the 9th through the 13th. Bring the children too - they can vote for their favourite Star Wars Character.

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