How to vote in advance of the Oct. 22 election
The City of Toronto will hold five days of advance polling between Oct. 10 and 14. Residents can vote at one of two polling locations in each ward, or at Toronto city hall. A list of advance poll locations can be found here. Advanced voting day hours are between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m
Who can vote in the election?
You have to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident in Toronto (the only way you can vote as a non-resident of Toronto is if you or your spouse own or rent property in Toronto) and not prohibited from voting under law. Students or residents who are away during the voting period can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf (see below).
How to have someone vote on your behalf
If you are unable to cast a ballot on any of the voting days, you can appoint someone (an eligible Toronto elector) to vote on your behalf. The forms can be obtained from the city clerk’s office as of Sept. 25 by visiting the election services office, calling 416-338-1111, or emailing email@example.com. Once you get the form, you’ll need to fill it out in full, sign it, provide your identification (photocopies are accepted) and say who want your proxy to vote for. The form will need to be certified by the city clerk or her designate. City staff will also need original identification of the person who is being appointed to carry out the vote. A person who is not a family member can only act as a proxy once. A proxy can vote for any or all immediate family members. A person acting for someone as an executor or as a trustee is required to have a certified proxy form. For more information on the proxy process, click here.
What identification is needed to vote?
Toronto city clerk’s office staff had to prepare two sets of voter information cards during the court appeal process. During an update on Sept. 13, the clerk said the cards would be mailed out on the week of Sept. 17 but there was the potential for delays. The voter information cards aren’t required to vote and can’t be used as the only piece of identification to vote. Voters are required to show one piece of identification with a name and a Toronto address. Click here for a full list of acceptable pieces of identification. City staff said photo ID is not required. Popular forms of identification include a driver’s licence, a photo ID card, a pay stub, a bank statement, a utility bill, or an Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program direct deposit statement.
Where can I see the results on Oct. 22?
Watch live coverage of the election results on your favourite local news station. The results for all of the races will also be posted on the City of Toronto’s election website.