Let’s get quizzical: Elections trivia
Trivia buffs, now is your time to shine. Test your friends and family to see how much they know about Kingston’s Mayor and Council, and voting in the upcoming elections!
Q. Who was the first Mayor of Kingston?
A: Thomas Kirkpatrick, first elected in 1838 and again in 1847.
Q. Who was Kingston’s first female Mayor?
A: Helen Cooper (1988 - 1993) was Kingston’s first female Mayor. Isabel Turner (2000 - 2003) was Kingston’s second.
Q. What former townships were amalgamated into the City of Kingston in 1998?
A: Pittsburgh and Kingston Townships.
Q. Which Kingston Mayor was killed in action at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I?
A: John McDonald Mowat.
Q. How many members make up Kingston City Council?
A: 13 (12 District Councillors and 1 Mayor).
Q: What qualifications does a person require to vote in the Municipal Elections?
18 years of age or older as of Oct. 24, 2022
A Canadian citizen
Resident of Kingston or property owner/tenant or spouse of property owner/tenant in Kingston
Q: True or False? You can vote online in Kingston.
A: True. Online voting is open for registered voters beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 to 8 p.m. on Voting Day, Monday, Oct. 24.
Q: In addition to electing a Mayor and District Councillors, Kingston voters will vote in which other elected office on Oct. 24?
A: School board trustee. There are four school boards that serve Kingston:
Limestone District School Board
Algonquin-Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Le conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
Le conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Q. True or False? Post-secondary students cannot vote in municipal elections in the city in which they are going to school.
A: False – students who are living away from home while they attend school are eligible to vote in their home municipality as well as the municipality they are currently living in while attending school.
Q. True or False? Kingston Transit is offering free transportation for electors on Voting Day.
A: True – all riders who show their Voter Information Notice on an advance voting day or Voting Day will be able to ride Kingston Transit for free.
Q. True or False? There is one day of advance voting for the 2022 Municipal Elections.
A: False – new for 2022, there are five days of advance voting (Oct. 18 - 22).