The 2022 Ontario election is fast approaching, and now is the time to vote.
Voting takes place across the province and there are many ways to vote.
Voters must be 18 years of age or older on election day, be Canadian citizens and reside in Ontario. Don’t forget to bring your ID to prove it!
If you are wondering about the different ways to vote in the election, here’s what you need to know.
Vote on election day
On June 2, 2022, Ontario residents will be able to vote from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at polling stations assigned based on their current residential address.
Once you arrive at your designated polling place, an election official will be able to check if you are on the voters list and, if not, add you to the list.
To find out where your assigned location is, you can use the Voter Information Service. Entering your postal code will display your electoral district, which you can use to find out where your designated location is.
Vote before June 2
If you want to vote before June 2, various options are available to you.
One is to visit one of the “advance polling locations in your electoral district”.
These locations are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are only available from May 19 to 28.
Additionally, people can also vote by mail, and this option will be available on May 4. If you chose to send your ballot by mail, “you will not be able to choose another voting option”.
The deadline to submit a request to vote by mail is May 27 at 6 p.m. You can apply online or by downloading and printing a form. However, it is important to note that voting kits must be received by 6:00 p.m. on election day.
People can also choose to vote in advance by going to their office of the returning officer, which is the local election office for their riding.
This option is available from May 5 and ends at 6 p.m. on June 1, the day before Election Day.
Other ways to vote
There are other ways to vote for people who cannot make it to their designated locations. For example, you can apply to vote by home visit.
The home visit method is only available to those who cannot get to their polling place due to a disability, those who cannot read or write or complete an application form, or those who have Need help.
To request a home visit, people can use the Voter Information Service find contact information for their director’s office anytime after May 4.
Additionally, Elections Ontario says election officials visiting select hospitals will bring voting kits “to give temporarily hospitalized voters the opportunity to vote.”