Advance voting underway in Toronto

Advance voting underway in Toronto
Toronto election 2018: Advance voting begins, poll locations open until Sunday
Advance polls are open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, with city officials hoping that the early voting will build upon a record year in 2014.

In the last election, 161,147 people cast a ballot during a six-day advance voting window — a 108 per cent increase over 2010. A city report fondly calls it an "election within an election."

This year, Toronto's municipal vote has taken on even more importance after Premier Doug Ford's unprecedented move to slash the size of city council nearly in half. Across the city, long-time councillors are squaring off, while newcomers are hoping to break through.

Eligible voters should have received a voter card by now, but if not you can access it via the city's MyVote site. You'll also need to bring a piece of identification with your name and qualifying Toronto address — a driver's licence or utility bill, for example, to the polling station.

You can find the advance voting locations in your ward on your voting card or the MyVote site. Or, you can cast a ballot at city hall for the full Toronto politics experience.

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Residents looking to mark their ballots ahead of the Oct. 22 Toronto election will be able to vote at advance polls across the city beginning on Wednesday.

The City of Toronto will be holding five consecutive advance voting days in every ward across the city.

Residents can vote at one of two polling locations in each ward, or at Toronto city hall. Advanced voting day hours are between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The City of Toronto’s MyVote website allows residents to view a personalized list of candidates, a ward map, voting locations and the ability to check if you’re on the voters’ list.

In order to vote, residents must have Canadian citizenship and be at least 18 years old, a resident in Toronto (the only way you can vote as a non-resident of Toronto is if you or your spouse own or rent property in Toronto) and not prohibited from voting under law. Students or residents who are away during the voting period can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.

Voter information cards were mailed out on Sept. 19. The cards aren’t required to vote and can’t be used as the only piece of identification to vote.

Popular forms of identification include a driver’s licence, a photo ID card, a pay stub, a bank statement, a utility bill, or an Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program direct deposit statement.

Annette Community Recreation Centre at 333 Annette St.Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre at 220 Cowan Ave.

Ancaster Community Centre at 41 Ancaster Rd.Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre at 580 Finch Ave. W.

Domenico DiLuca Community Recreation Centre at 25 Stanley Rd.Driftwood Community Recreation Centre at 4401 Jane St.

Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre at 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.Mary McCormick Recreation Centre at 66 Sheridan Ave.

Trinity Community Recreation Centre (Assembly Hall) at 155 Crawford St.Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West

Timothy Eaton Memorial Church at 230 St. Clair Ave. W.Fairbank Memorial Community Centre at 2213 Dufferin St.

Wellesley Community Centre at 495 Sherbourne St.St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre at 230 The Esplanade

Banbury Community Centre at 120 Banbury Rd.Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre at 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.

Birchmount Community Centre at 93 Birchmount Rd.Warden Hilltop Community Centre at 25 Mendelssohn St.

LAmoreaux Community Recreation Centre at 2000 McNicoll Ave.Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre at 2520 Birchmount Rd.

Burrows Hall Community Centre at 1081 Progress Ave.Milliken Park Community Recreation Centre at 4325 McCowan Rd.

Centennial Recreation Centre at 1967 Ellesmere Rd.Scarborough Village Recreation Centre at 3600 Kingston Rd.