There are several ways for electors to vote in Ontario provincial elections.
Voting on June 2 – the same day as the election – is just one option.
Prior to that, voters can go to their local returning office, advance polling location, or vote by mail, among other options.
To vote, a person must be at least 18 years old on election day, be a Canadian citizen and reside in Ontario.
Here is an overview of all the different ways to vote, as shown on the Elections Ontario website:
Add, update or confirm your voter information
Voters on the voters list will receive an information card between May 12 and May 20 with details on when and where to vote.
Voters can use the registration tool on the Elections Ontario website add or update their information before May 23 in order to receive a voter information card. Voters can also update their information at a returning office or polling station.
If a voter receives an information card, they should bring it with them when they vote, along with an ID bearing their name.
If a voter does not receive an information card, they may not be on the voters list, but they can still vote by bringing identification with their name and current residential address.
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Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on June 2. Voters will be able to drive to a designated location based on their current residential address.
An election official will issue a ballot and voters can mark an X in the circle next to the chosen candidate’s name. At a polling place with tabbing technology, voters will place their marked ballot in a secret folder and take it to an election official operating the machine. If there is no tabulator on site, voters will fold their ballot and place it in a ballot box themselves.
Between May 19 and May 28, voters can vote at an advance poll in their riding. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Voters will be able to mark an X in the circle next to the name of the chosen candidate and return the ballot to the ballot box. Voters will place the marked ballot in a secret folder and give it to an election official using a tabulator.
Office of the returning officer
From May 5 until 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 1, voters can vote at their local polling station.
After completing an application form and taking a statement, voters will receive a special ballot which they must then complete and return to the ballot box.
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The application to vote by mail was opened on May 4. The deadline to apply is 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 27.
To vote by mail, voters must complete an application and provide at least one piece of government-issued identification.
Voters can use online applicationor download and print an application which can then be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to Elections Ontario, Special Ballot, 51 Rolark Drive, Toronto, Ontario M1R 3B1.
When printing an application, voters must submit the signed and completed form along with a copy of a government-issued ID or government-issued proof of name and a proof of name and residency from a non-governmental entity, such as a pay stub. or electricity bill.
Once approved, a voting kit will be mailed to the address provided.
Mail-in voters can use the prepaid envelope to return their kit or drop it off at their local returning office.
Voting package must be received by 6:00 p.m. EST on June 2 to be counted.
Those outside of Canada will need to pay international postage.
Once a person has successfully voted by mail, they cannot vote via any other option.
Students living away from home
Students who live away from home and study in Ontario can vote in the electoral district where they live or in the school where they study.
Elections Ontario says on-campus voting is only available to students living on campus.
Students studying out of province can vote by mail (either using the process described above or by register as postal voter).
If a voter is unable to get to a polling place due to a disability, is unable to read or write, cannot complete an application form, or needs assistance, they can request a visit to residence by contacting his office of the returning officer.
Two election officers will then bring a voting kit to help the elector vote.
Elections Ontario says it is hosting a three-day hospital program, where officials will visit participating hospitals and bring voting kits to give those who are temporarily hospitalized the chance to vote.
Voters will need to show identification (a hospital bracelet can be used as proof of name and address) and complete the application form. They will then complete a written ballot, fold it and place it in the indicated envelopes before giving it to election officials.
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Canadian Forces members living outside their electoral district
Members of the Canadian Forces and their family members living outside their electoral district can vote by mail by following the process described above or by registering as an absentee voter.
Those who serve the government
Individuals and their family members who are in government service can vote by mail using the process described above or by registering as an absentee voter.
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