Rain, delays force extended voting hours at some polls
TORONTO – Voting times have been extended at 10 polls in three districts in Ontario when flooding and other delays prevented polls from opening on time.
In Kenora-Rainy River, some of the roads surrounding the polls were flooded due to heavy rains, forcing Elections Ontario to extend voting times by an hour, to 10 p.m. It’s been raining in Mitaanjigaming First Nation for more than 24 hours straight, with the heaviest rain falling Thursday morning.
But Elections Ontario wouldn’t say why it had trouble opening polls in Dufferin-Caledon and Trinity-Spadina, where people started voting at approximately 9:10 a.m. Voters in those ridings have until 9:30 p.m. to vote.
The extension won’t affect other polls, which will close at 9 p.m. Elections Ontario will start counting votes at 9 everywhere but these 10 polls.
Margaret Dunn Library (Polls #123, #124, #125, #126, #127) – voting extended to 9:30 p.m.
Fly condominium (Poll #578) – voting extended to 9:30 p.m.
Lumiere Condominium on Bay (Poll #556) – voting extended to 9:30 p.m.
Leonardo Court (Poll #414) – voting extended to 9:30 p.m.
Band Office Mitaanjigaming First Nation (Poll #155) – voting extended to 10 p.m.
Band Office Naicatchewenin First Nation (Poll #154) – voting extended to 10 p.m.