May 7, 2014 5:45 pm

Ontario election: Voting 101

Here is everything you need to know about voting for the upcoming Ontario Provincial Elections.

Can I vote?

Yes, if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Are a Canadian citizen
  • Live in an Ontario electoral district
  • Haven’t already voted

Where can I vote?

If your name is on the Voters List, you’ll be sent a Notice of Registration Card via snail mail. The Card will list your election day voting location. The card will also have the dates, times and places of advance voting locations.

If you don’t get the card, or want to check to make sure, you can find that info online here.

If you aren’t on the Voters’ List you can get yourself added – in person on Election Day at your polling location, if necessary. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you.

When can I vote?

General Elections will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (ET)

Advance Polling starts on Saturday, May 31 to Friday, June 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET)

How can I vote?

  • In person on Thursday, June 12, 2014,
  • In person at an advance poll, between Saturday, May 31,and Friday, June 6, 2014.
  • By mail through Special ballot.

What ID do I need to vote?

  • A piece of ID that shows your name, address and signature together.


  • Two pieces of ID, one of which shows your name and signature and one of which shows your name and address.

Examples of the pieces of ID you need to vote, and to get on the voters’ list, can be found here.

Meet the candidates

Can I vote for no one?

Yes. There is an official way to vote for no one hidden deep within the Ontario Elections Act.

It’s called the “Declined Ballot.” Here’s how you do it.

Source: Elections Ontario

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