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Advance voting up 19% from last Ontario election

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DH Toronto Staff Jun 06, 2018 7:02 am 91

Elections Ontario says that around 768,895 voters participated in advance voting this year, which is almost 19% higher from the last provincial election.

The number is up from the 647,261 electors who voted at advance polls in 2014.

For the first time, Elections Ontario rolled out the use of e-Poll books and vote tabulators across the province, and the new technology has resulted in shorter wait times for voters.

On election day tomorrow, 50% of the polls will have vote tabulators and e-Poll books serving 90% of electors.

“Technology in the polls made voting even easier for electors who chose to vote during advance voting,” said Greg Essensa, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, in a release. “We are modernizing Ontario’s elections in a measured and principled way to give electors a better voter experience. We invite electors who have not yet voted to cast their ballots on election day on June 7.”

This year, the number of electoral districts in Ontario has increased from 107 to 124, and some electors may be voting in a different location or electoral district for this election.

Voters are reminded to bring their Voter Information Cards (VIC) and a piece of ID to cast a vote. Even without a voter card, citizens who reside in Ontario and are at least 18 years of age can also vote. Ontario electors can find a list of acceptable identification documents, along with information about when and where to vote, at www.elections.on.ca.

Election day is June 7. Polls will be open from 9 am to 9 pm.

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