The City of Richmond Hill will conduct its first online vote for the upcoming York Region District School Board Trustee By-election for Wards 1, 2 and 4.
Online voting for this by-election will be open from 10 a.m. on October 14, 2020 to 8 p.m. on October 19, 2020.
Only about 25% of eligible voters cast their ballots in the last municipal election. (Oct. 2018). Voting in a by-election typically has an even lower rate, and for a school trustee and even a lower rate!!
And for the first time the residents of Richmond Hill, at least half of them, will be asked to vote electronically. (There are limited options to vote in person.)
But this pandemic has brought the issues of schools to the foreground.
Will the safety of our children and teachers in our community, and the quality of the learning get more people to vote?
The YRDSB budget is $1.5 billion dollars. More of our tax dollars goes to the school board than the municipality.
We should care for all these reasons.
It can be a challenge to decide who is the best candidate for this important position.
To help voters decide who is the best candidate, Marj Andre, Director of OnRichmondhill.com reached out to the candidates and asked them to do a short Zoom call and answer these two questions.
- Why are you the best candidate, for this position of YRDSB school trustee?
- What do you believe is the most important issue facing the YRDSB, at this time, beyond COVID-19?
Here are their responses:
Simon Cui, Salman Dadabhoy and Edward Zhai did not respond to requests to give their responses.
Click here to access the candidates contact information, including web sites for some of them.
The YRDSB hosted an All Candidates Presentation October 5th. Click HERE to access it.
Please encourage you know who are eligible to vote, to vote. It matters.
To cast your ballot online, you must be registered on the Voters’ List. Please check now to see if you are on the Voters’ List. If you have voted before you should be.
Visit www.RichmondHill.ca/RHVotes and select Voter Registration (available until 6 p.m. on October 19). You can also call the Voter Assistance Helpline at 905-771-5555.
Registered voters will receive in the mail the Voter’s Information Package (VIP) in Septebmer.
If someone does not have access to a computer or mobile device, and needs assistance with voting, or needs to add themselves to the list after 6 p.m. on October 19 (the last day of voting), they can visit:
- Oak Ridges Community Centre and Pool - 12895 Bayview Avenue
- Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts - 10268 Yonge Street
... during these dates and times:
- October 14 to 16, 2020, 12 p.m. (noon) to 8 p.m.
- October 17 to 18, 2020, 12 p.m. (noon) to 6 p.m.
- October 19, 2020, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you're eligible, please vote!!!