September 1, 2014
 

How to Vote

You can vote:
  • In person on election day,
  • In person at an advance poll,
  • In person or by mail through Special ballot.

Your voting options

Voting in person

If your name is on the Voters List, a Notice of Registration Card will be mailed to you shortly after the election is called.

If you are ON the Voters List

  1. When you get to your voting locations:
  1. The poll official will verify your name, cross your name off the Voters List and hand you a folded ballot.
  2. You will take your ballot behind the voting screen and put an X next to the name of the candidate of your choice.
  3. Return your marked and refolded ballot to the poll official. The back of your ballot will be verified.
  4. The folded ballot will be returned to you.
  5. You drop your ballot into the ballot box.

Congratulations! You have exercised your democratic right to vote.

Find information on Ontario Voter Rights (48.6KB PDF)

If you are NOT on the Voters List

  1. If you are an eligible elector, bring one piece of identification (436KB PDF) that includes both your name and residential address.
  2. The Poll Official will give you a form to complete and sign. Your name will be added to the Voters List.
  3. The Poll Official will hand you a folded ballot.
  4. You will take your folded ballot behind the voting screen and put an X next to the name of the candidate of your choice
  1. Refold your marked ballot and return it to the Poll Official.
  2. The folded ballot will be returned to you.
  3. You drop your ballot into the ballot box

Congratulations! You have exercised your democratic right to vote.

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We make it easy to vote

There are many options that make it easy for you to vote.

Elections Ontario offers you more days and more ways to vote.

Even if you can't go vote on election day or at an advance poll, you can still vote using a Special ballot.

What if I need help?

It's our job to make your voting experience easy, whatever your needs. Please ask at your voting location, if you need help.

If required, you may:

  • Bring a friend to assist you. Your friend will be required to take an oath.
  • Bring a service animal into any voting location. You may need to show related documentation.
  • Take advantage of the accessibility tools at each voting location to help you vote independently.

Accessibility at the voting locations

On election day, most voting locations:

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.

During the 11 days preceding election day:

In returning offices and satellite offices, assistive voting tools will be available that feature:

  • Audio headphones
  • Tactile buttons
  • Large keypads marked with Braille
  • Paddles
  • A "sip and puff" device

If you have a hearing impairment or are Deaf:

You may book an American Sign Language interpreter through the Canadian Hearing Society's Ontario Interpreting Services to accompany you when you go to vote. Elections Ontario will cover the cost of the service when used at a returning office, satellite office or at a voting location.

If you have restricted mobility:

You may transfer to a more convenient voting location within your electoral district. Contact your Returning Officer to make arrangements.