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Toronto election: What voters need to know

NEWS STAFF | posted Wednesday, Oct 10th, 2018

It’s been a dramatic lead-up to the Toronto municipal election with the uncertainty over the number of wards and which candidates would stay in the race. But now that the dust has settled, the outcome is in the voters’ hands.

Voters will head to the polls during advance voting and on election day Oct. 22, to cast their ballots for mayor, councillor, and school board trustee. Below is everything you need you know before you head out to your polling station.


Who am I voting for?

  • Mayor
  • Ward Councillor
  • Toronto District School Board trustees
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde trustees
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir trustees

Click here for a full list of candidates.

When do I vote?

Advance voting runs from Oct. 10-14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can vote at one of two locations in your ward or at City Hall. A voter assist terminal will be located at each location.

On election day, you can vote from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. but only the ward you live in.

Where to vote?

With the 25-ward system, you may not know where you should vote. Click here to find your ward and polling station.

Who can vote?

You can vote in Toronto’s municipal election if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Reside in the City of Toronto
  • Do not reside in Toronto, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the city
  • Not prohibited from voting under any law

What do I bring to vote?

Voter information cards were already mailed out, so bring that with you, along with one piece of identification that shows your name and address in Toronto. If you have misplaced your voter information card, you can print it at home or download it to your phone. To start, click here and enter your address.

What forms of identification are acceptable?

  • Government-issued document, such as a driver’s licence or photo ID card
  • Credit card statement, bank account statement, cancelled personalized cheque, or a loan agreement
  • Hydro, telephone, cable TV, water, or gas bill
  • Pay stub or T4 statement

Click here for a full list.

What if I didn’t receive a voter information card?

Not a problem — it just means you are not on the voters’ list. The deadline to add yourself to the list has since passed, but you can show up to vote with acceptable forms of identification on election day and your name will be added. Click here for more information.

What if I am not able to vote?

If you are an eligible voter but are not able to cast your ballot on the voting days, you can appoint another eligible elector to vote on your behalf. For everything you need to know about that process, click here.

Is the voter toolkit only available in English?

The voter information has been translated into 25 languages, and is available online or at the polling station. Click here to learn more.

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