Ontario Votes - October 6th, 2011

The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as residents of Ontario to vote in the upcoming Provincial Election on October 6th, 2011.

The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections Ontario and other government websites to assist Canadians from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

Elections Ontario describes itself as "a non-partisan Agency of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. We work under the direction of the Chief Electoral Officer, an officer of the Legislative Assembly.". Please visit their website which has comprehensive details in 2 languages at www.elections.on.ca

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections Ontario's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections Ontario website at www.elections.on.ca.


Election day is:
Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 9 am to 9 pm

 

Why Should I Vote?

Your vote is the way you choose someone to represent you in Ontario's Legislature. By expressing your choice, you are exercising a democratic right that is key to the democratic process of government that generations of Ontarians have fought to build.

For example, Student Vote, a non-partisan group that partners with Elections Canada www.elections.ca says that: "A central component of a healthy democracy is the participation of its citizens in the electoral process. Many argue that voting is the most basic responsibility of our citizenship."

"The decline in electoral participation has been a phenomenon observed in many western democracies throughout the past two decades. It has become increasingly evident that this trend can be attributed to low levels of electoral participation among young Canadians."

Specifically in Canada, voter turnout of 61.1 percent in the 2011 general election only slightly improved from an all-time low of 59 percent in the 2008 federal election. Ontario's last provincial election in 2007 received a record low turnout of 52.6 % of voters heading to the ballot, breaking the previous low of 54.7% voter turnout set in the1923 provincial elections and the low of 56.9% turnout in the 2003 election.

Student Vote believes that one of the best ways to approach this challenge is to reach young Canadians early in life and give them an opportunity to cultivate the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.


 

How Can I Vote?

  • In person on Election Day
  • In person at an Advanced Poll Day from Wednesday, September 21 to Friday, September 30, 2011 at your returning office from 10 AM to 8 PM local time. To find your local advanced poll click here
  • In person at your local Elections Ontario Returning office to vote by special ballot from September 8 to October 5, 2011 - On October 5 you must vote by 6:00 PM ET
  • By mail by special ballot - To do this you must register first and then mail in the ballot that they send you. Elections Ontario must receive your application for special ballot registration by 6:00 pm September 30th, they must then receive your ballot no later than October 6th, 2011.

 

What Riding (Electoral District) Do I Belong To?

In order to find out what riding you belong to click on this link which will take you to the Elections Ontario website and enter your postal code – this will tell you what political riding (area) you live in.

 

What Candidates Are Running in my Area?

Once you have entered your postal code Elections Ontario's website will give you your riding – if you click on the link “find my candidate” you can view all of the candidates and their party affiliations.

 

How Do I Contact My Candidates?

Once you have entered your postal code Elections Ontario's website will give you your riding – if you click on the link “find my candidate” you can view all of the candidates and their party affiliations. Some candidates may also provide websites, emails, addresses or other contact information. Watch your local news media for information concerning local debates and presentations.

Once you have found out who is running in your area, you can contact them via their party found below in alphabetical order by party:

Canadian's Choice Party

Communist Party of Canada (Ontario)

Family Coalition Party

Freedom Party of Ontario

Green Party of Ontario

New Democratic Pary of Ontario

Northern Heritage Party

The Only Party - (647) 785-6388

Ontario Liberal Party

Ontario Libertarian Party

Ontario Confederation of Regions Party

Pauper Party of Ontario - (519) 753-5122

Paramount Canadians Party

Party for Human Rights in Ontario - (416) 827-7119

Party for People With Special Needs

People First Republic Party of Ontario

Peoples Political Party

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Reform Party of Ontario

Socialist Party of Ontario

Vegan Environmental Party - (416) 922-5087

 

 

Where Do I Vote?

Your Notice of Registration Card will detail the name and address of the Advance Poll locations, as well as your election day voting location.

If you do not have your registration card, you can enter your postal code or address in this link on the Elections Ontario Website and it will return the Voting (Polling) location in your area, and their hours of operation. You will also get the address and hours of operation to the Elections Ontario office and the Advanced Polling locations where you can go and vote by special ballot between Wednesday, September 7th and Wednesday, October 5th, 2011.

Eligible people who are temporarily hospitalized and unable to vote at advance polls, on election day, or at the returning office may vote by Special ballot. To accommodate these electors, Special Ballot Officers will go to each hospital to facilitate the completion of the Special Ballot Application and voting processes.Hospitalized electors will be able to vote regardless of whether the hospital is inside or outside of the electors' electoral district at the time the election is held.The visit will be administered on September 26, 27, 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time each day.  To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683 or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: TTY 1-866-479-1118 or visit here.

An elector may make a request for a home visit to their local Returning Officer if it is impossible or unreasonably difficult for the elector to go to the returning office, and the elector requires assistance with making an application to vote by Special ballot because of a disability or because of the inability to read or write. You can call your returning office or satellite office starting on September 7, 2011.

 

How Do I Find Where I Vote?

Go to a mapping tool website like mapquest.ca. Click on the "get directions" link, and you can type in your address and the address of your voting (polling) centre.

 

Who is Eligible to Vote in the Federal Election?

You may vote in this federal election if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • will be 18 or older on election day, Thursday, October 6, 2011
  • are a resident of Ontario
  • are registered to vote

 

Am I Registered to Vote?

Most electors are already registered in the Permanent Register of Electors for Ontario, a database of Ontario electors who are qualified to vote in provincial elections and by elections. You can find out if you are on the register by clicking this link.  Elections Ontario will send a voter information card to registered electors. If you have not already received your voter registration card, please follow the steps below:

 

How Do I Register?

  • Before election day you can receive a Certificate to Vote up until 8:00 PM the day before the election. You will need to show proof of name and residence on one identification document. You can get the Certificate to Vote at your local returning office or Advance Poll location. When you go to vote, you will exchange your Certificate to Vote for a ballot at your voting location.

 

To Register

You'll be Asked the Following:

 

Information for Seniors

Please consider volunteering to help seniors living in your neighbourhood or contact your local church, community centre, retirement or nursing homes to find out how you can volunteer to help seniors vote. Please visit Elections Ontario's website.

 

Young Voters

You have ideas. You have plans. You have beliefs.

For information on how to vote visit Elections Ontario's website.

For more information on how youth can become more active by involving themselves, their families and their fellow students in the voting process; and prepare themselves for the day when they become 18 and eligible to vote check out Student Votes.

During an election, you may find yourself living away from your family's home. You may wish to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while attending college or university or you may want to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while not attending school.

You are given the opportunity to decide which residence you consider to be your principal residence. Regardless of which residential address you choose, all voting options, including voting by special ballot, are available to you.

If you are a student with a physical disability and cannot go to the returning office, advance poll or election day to vote, you may request a home visit.

 

Information for People With Special Needs

Eligible people who are temporarily hospitalized and unable to vote at advance polls, on election day, or at the returning office may vote by Special ballot. To accommodate these electors, Special Ballot Officers will go to each hospital to facilitate the completion of the Special Ballot Application and voting processes.Hospitalized electors will be able to vote regardless of whether the hospital is inside or outside of the electors' electoral district at the time the election is held.The visit will be administered on September 26, 27, 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time each day.  To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683 or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: TTY 1-866-479-1118 or visit here.

An elector may make a request for a home visit to their local Returning Officer if it is impossible or unreasonably difficult for the elector to go to the returning office, and the elector requires assistance with making an application to vote by Special ballot because of a disability or because of the inability to read or write. You can call your returning office or satellite office starting on September 7, 2011.

In the preceding 15 days before the election returning offices and satellite offices, assistive voting tools will be available that feature audio headphones, tactile buttons, large keypads marked with Braille, paddles and a "sip and puff" device

On election day, most voting locations will be wheelchair accessible, as indicated on your Notice of Registration Card. You may transfer to a more convenient voting location within your electoral district. Contact your Returning Officer to make arrangements.

On election day all voting locations:

  • Will have magnifiers, Braille ballot templates and other tools to assist voters who are blind or with vision loss.
  • Will provide pens and pads to help electors who are deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing to communicate.
  • Will provide the elector the opportunity to book a sign language interpreter paid by Elections Ontario through the Canadian Hearing Society's Ontario Interpreting Services to be with you at your voting location.

 

Information for Aboriginal Voters

We were unable to find information on the Elections Ontario website. For more information please call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683.

 

Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities

We were unable to find information on the Elections Ontario website. For more information please call Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683.

 

Ontarians Travelling in Canada and Travelling and Living Abroad

Ontarian electors can apply and excercise their right to vote from anywhere in the world.

  • For Ontarians who are temporarily living abroad, you can apply to vote by Special ballot and also apply to be named on the Register of Absentee Electors, subject to certain conditions. If you are an elector temporarily living outside Ontario for a period of less than 2 years, you are eligible to vote by mail if you are 18 years of age or older on election day, a Canadian citizen, have not already voted in this election and you stopped living in Ontario in the two years before election day, you lived in Ontario for a minimum of 12 consecutive months before leaving the province and you plan to live in Ontario again
  • For Canadians who are travelling away from home in Canada, you can apply to vote by Special ballot.
  • Students attending a foreign eductational institution can vote regardless of the length of time they have been out of Ontario. They can apply to vote by Special ballot.

 

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

For our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces, they can vote in provincial elections regardless of the length of time they have been out of Ontario. They would apply to vote by Special ballot

Family members living with Canadian Forces personnel stationed overseas can also vote by special ballot.

 

Voters With No Fixed Address

Eligible electors who have no fixed address are welcome to register and vote.  The place where you most frequently eat or sleep during the five weeks prior to election day is considered your residence. Check our ID page (318KB PDF) to see if you already have a piece of ID that meets our requirements.

If you don't have ID showing proof of your name and residence, Elections Ontario has created a temporary form of identification – the Certificate of Identity and Residence – to meet the requirements to receive a ballot. The Certificate of Identity and Residence shows either a shelter, food bank or community health facility – a place where the elector returns to either eat or sleep in the 5 weeks preceding election – as the prospective voter's residence. If you eat or sleep at a shelter, food bank or community health facility, you can ask a staff member from that facility to help you fill out this form. You may also contact Elections Ontario for help.

Staff members of homeless shelters, food banks or community health facilities who would like to help their clients receive this temporary ID form are encouraged to contact Elections Ontario, or download the instructions and registration form (372KB PDF).

If you need any further assistance, please contact a member of the Elections Ontario Outreach Team at 1-888-246-3335 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Learn about the results of past provincial elections and by-elections for your riding from 1995 to present on Elections Ontario's website.

The Elections Canada website also has historic data on past general elections from 1867 for Provincial Elections until 2003.