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Ontario Votes 2022: What You Need To Know Before Heading to the Polls, and Yes, You Will Be Voting.
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Ontario Votes 2022: What You Need To Know Before Heading to the Polls, and Yes, You Will Be Voting.

Ontarians head to the polls today to elect who they want to see run the province for the next four years. Learn what your rights and responsibilities are as a voter.

When can I vote?

Today! Polls open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. (ET).

Where do I cast my ballot?

Consult your voter information card (VIC) or the Elections Ontario website for information on where you can cast your ballot.

Do I need ID to vote?

Yes, but photo ID is not required. As photo ID is not required, your appearance does not need to match the photo if you choose to present ID with a photo of you. You do not need to provide any information about your sex or gender expression when you go to vote.

If you are on the voters list, you should be receiving a voter information card in the mail from Elections Ontario and can present your VIC and one piece of ID showing your name to receive a ballot when you go to vote.

If you are not on the voters list, you will not receive a voter information card and must present one piece of ID showing both your name and current residential address to register and receive a ballot on election day.

You must provide ID to receive a ballot. You may use an electronic copy of your ID (i.e. digital drivers licence, NOT a photo of your physical drivers licence), which may be printed or displayed on a mobile device.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

Elections Ontario

Only eligible voters can vote in provincial elections.

The polls show that my candidate has little chance of winning, so why should I bother voting?

As cliché as it may sound, the only poll that matters is the one on election day. Pollsters can get it wrong, and even if they did bat 100, a high voter turnout is a sign of a strong democracy. Make sure our elected officials know that we are concerned and engaged.

Can I still vote by mail?

No! Your ballot needs to have been received already and, if mailed, will not arrive in time to be counted. If you applied to vote by mail and have already received your ballot, you must return it to your returning office in order for it to be counted. It is too late to switch your method of voting at this point.

If you’ve already mailed in your ballot, you can check its status by clicking here.

Today is a workday for me. Is it still possible for me to cast my vote in person?

Yes! By law, your employer must allow you three consecutive (unpaid) hours off in order to vote. Your employer can decide whether to allow you to start later, leave early, or allow you to leave mid-day.

Could you please explain that once more but slowly and in English?

For example, if you work 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. p.m. p.m., your employer must allow you to start work at noon, leave at 6 p.m., or give you three hours off during the day.

If you work from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, your employer may allow you to start at noon, leave at 6 p.m., or give you three hours off during the day to vote.

If you work a shift that enables you to vote three hours before or after work, such as 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., your employer is not required to provide you with any time off because you have three consecutive hours either before or after work.

I have a question that you haven’t touched on.

If you need further information on voting, please check out the Elections Ontario website.

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