Voters are lining up across Ontario to mark their ballots in the provincial election on Thursday, June 7.
“Polls opened this morning for Ontario’s transformative 42nd general election,” said Ontario’s chief electoral officer Greg Essensa.
“We are using technology in the polls to make voting even easier for electors as we take a measured and principled approach to modernizing our electoral process.”
Electors who bring their voter information card and identification to vote “can expect shorter wait times and a better voter experience as a result of the introduction of technology in the polls,” said Essensa.
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Polls will be open today from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Elections Ontario is modernizing the election process for the 2018 general election by introducing technology in the polls
Today, half of the polls will have vote tabulators and e‑Poll books serving 90 per cent of electors as they vote on election day.
E-Poll books make it easier and faster for an elector to get a ballot. Election officials will use e-Poll books to strike voters’ names from the voters list before providing them with their ballot.
Voters will then cast their ballot using vote tabulators, delivering faster and improved service to Ontario’s electors.
The number of electoral districts in Ontario has increased from 107 to 124. Some electors may be voting in a different location or electoral district for this election.
Voter information cards (VIC) with details about when and where to vote have been mailed to registered electors.
Voters are reminded to bring their VIC and one piece of identification to vote.
If you didn’t receive a card, you can still vote by bringing one piece of identification that shows both your name and current residential address. You can also take your passport and a bank statement or credit card bill with your address on it.
Canadian citizens who reside in Ontario, and are at least 18 years of age, are eligible to vote.
Ontario electors can find a list of acceptable identification documents and information about when and where to vote online.
Detailed voting information is available here.
A FEW QUICK THINGS
- Polls will be open today from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
- Electors can find their voting location on their VIC or online at www.elections.on.ca
- Live unofficial election results will be available after polls have closed at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) at www.elections.on.ca
- The publication of election surveys that have not previously been made public is prohibited until 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 7, 2018.
- A blackout on political advertising is in place until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 7, 2018.
- Accessible services are provided at all voting locations.
Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.
For more information, visit elections.on.ca or call 1-888-668-8683 (TTY: 1-888-292-2312).