Toronto announces advance voting dates for October election

Toronto announces advance voting dates for October election

Torontonians unable to vote in the civic election on Oct. 22 will have a chance to cast their ballot early for mayor and city councillor.

The city clerk’s office announced Friday that advance voting will happen from Wednesday Oct. 10 to Sunday Oct. 14, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily

Each of the 25 wards will have two polling locations, with addresses yet to be announced. People will also be able to vote early at city hall during the Oct. 10 to Oct. 14 period.

On election day, Oct. 22, polls will open from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. On that day, Torontonians must vote in the ward in which they live or own or rent property.

Location information will be on voter information cards being sent to people eligible to vote — Canadian citizens aged 18 and older who live in Toronto, and non-residents with property in Toronto owned or rented by themselves or their spouse.

Whether advance voting could happen this election was in question amid confusion and turmoil after Premier Doug Ford’s government moved to impose a 25-ward race months after the May 1 start of a 47-ward election.

When it was unclear which scenario would prevail amid new legislation and court challenges, city clerk Ulli Watkiss recently told city council she was committed to advance voting but timelines were getting tight to be able to conduct a full, legal election.

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