Hamilton’s new Elections Manager recommends allowing mail-in ballots for 2022

John Piercy

Hamilton City Hall

Hamilton’s new elections manager wants to increase voter turnout by increasing the number of polling days, having more days for advance voting, and allowing mail-in ballots.

Aine Leadbetter, Manager Elections, Print and Mail, is asking Council to pass a by-law authorizing mail-in ballots for the 2022 regular municipal election scheduled for October 24, 2022.

Leadbetter estimates adding mail-in ballots will cost approximately $125,000 for the next election.

Council’s Governance Committee will vote on the recommendation during their July 14 meeting. It will go to full Council for ratification in August.

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