Ready or not, election day in Toronto is nearly here.
And now that advanced polls have come to a close, there are only a few more days to make sure you’re properly prepared to cast a ballot.
It’s important that everyone does their part and comes out and votes because this is Toronto’s chance to have its say on who will run the city as mayor, sit on City Council and who will be elected as school trustees.
Voting Day is on October 22, here’s what to keep in mind before heading to the polls.
The Toronto municipal election will go down on Monday, October 22, 2018, from 10 am to 8 pm. On election night, when voting locations close, unofficial results will be posted in real-time after 8 pm on the Election Services website.
Leading mayoral candidates
The main candidates vying for control of Toronto is incumbent John Tory and former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat. According to the City, a total of 35 candidates are running mayor.
Are you eligible to vote?
While voting itself is a relatively simple and straightforward process, there are a few things to remember about whether or not you legally are allowed to cast a ballot.
In order to vote in Toronto’s municipal election, an elector must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18-years-old, a resident in the city of Toronto, a non-resident of Toronto, but they or their spouse own or rent property in Toronto, and they must not be prohibited from voting under any law.
How to vote
Electors may only vote once in the Toronto municipal election regardless of how many properties they own or rent within the city. Electors must vote in the ward where they live.
Where to vote
Electors are able to vote at 50 locations across Toronto, with two stations located in each ward. You can find the full list of voting locations here.
What to bring
If you’ve received a voter information card in the mail, bring it with you, as that will help speed up the process. If you need to register to vote, make sure to bring with you two pieces of government-issued ID showing their name and qualifying Toronto address.
You can find a full list of what counts as acceptable identification here.
On September 19, the Ontario Court of Appeal sided with Doug Ford, granting a stay on Bill 5, and making way for a 25-ward election, down from 47.
The new 25-ward boundaries align with the current federal and provincial electoral ridings, with minor adjustments to stay within the geographic boundaries of Toronto, according to the city.
Ahead of the vote
Prior to election day, all electors are encouraged to use the city’s online service MyVote to:
- Find their ward and map
- See the candidates running in their ward
- Learn where and when to vote
- View and print their Voter Information Card
- Find accessibility information about their voting place
- View a sample of a ballot
For more information on the 2018 municipal election, voters can visit MyVote.