Elections Ontario confirms technical issues, some polling places change when voters cast their ballots

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Polls have officially opened in Ontario after a month-long election campaign in which parties battled to find the best approaches to affordability, health care and infrastructure.

Polls will be open across the province between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Voters should bring one government-issued ID with their registration card or two pieces of ID with them to their assigned polling station.

Around 10 a.m., Elections Ontario said it was made aware of technical issues at polling stations and is working to resolve them, but did not say how many locations are affected.

Changes of polling station

Elections Ontario announced Thursday morning that some polling stations in Toronto Center and Mississauga East-Cooksville would be moving.

Here is a list of polling stations that have changed locations:

  • 1001 Bay Street and 887 Bay Street have been moved to the YMCA Metro Central at 20 Grosvenor Street.

  • 473 Yonge Street was moved to the Toronto Metropolitan University Student Center at 55 Gould Street.

  • 486 Paisley Boulevard was moved to Cashmere Avenue Public School at 3455 Cashmere Avenue.

Elections Ontario advises people to verify their polling place by researching their postal code in advance on the Elections Ontario website or app.

Despite the reduced number of polling places this year compared to 2018, Elections Ontario spokesperson Jo Langham said the process of voting on Election Day should be “quicker and easier” now.

“We don’t expect people to run into lineups,” Langham told CBC Radio. Subway morning Thursday.

Langham said the “technology-enabled” polling stations, along with larger venues for physical distancing, will allow voters to vote faster than previous elections.

The new bank teller model adopted by Elections Ontario – which allows the next voter to go to the free poll instead of waiting for the person designated to cast their ballot – will also help get voters in and out as quickly as possible. , Langham said.

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As for the main leaders of political parties, the stakes are high. CBC News spoke to political analysts for their observations on what could happen to them depending on the vote.

A poll taken earlier in the campaign suggests the Progressive Conservatives, led by Doug Ford, are on the verge of forming a second majority government.

Ford campaigned largely on his party‘s promises to build highways and hospitals in Ontario, and other measures he touted as job-creating. In recent days, he has taken a few questions from reporters and his entire campaign has been light on political details and heavy on his slogan: “Do it.”

Both New Democrat and Liberal leaders are touting themselves as the only alternative to Ford’s Conservatives, but have not outright said they would work together in the event of a Progressive Conservative minority.

This could be the last election as NDP leader for Andrea Horwath, who is running for premier for the fourth time after her party made gains in 2018 to form the official opposition in provincial parliament. .

Horwath voted in his riding of Hamilton on Thursday morning.

The Green Party of Ontario, led by Mike Schreiner, hopes to expand its caucus by one seat – won by Schreiner in Guelph four years ago – and is eyeing a potential opening in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Ford is expected to vote in his Toronto riding today, while Horwath will vote in Hamilton.

Leaders are expected to hold events in the evening after the results are announced.

Elections Ontario said more than one million people voted at advance polls last month and also noted a sharp increase in mail-in ballots requested compared to the 2018 election.

Voting kits were mailed to 126,135 eligible voters this time around, compared to 15,202 ballots in the last election.

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