Here’s what Ottawa voters need to know to vote in the Ontario election

Voters in Ottawa and eastern Ontario head to the polls today to cast their ballot in the 43rd Ontario election.

Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative Party are seeking a second majority mandate after winning the 2018 election.

In Ottawa, the Progressive Conservatives held four of the eight seats at the dissolution of the legislature, compared to three seats for the Liberals and one for the NDP.

In eastern Ontario, the Progressive Conservatives held four seats, the Liberals and NDP each held one seat and one seat was held by Independent MPP Randy Hillier, who is not seeking re-election.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at what you need to know to vote in today’s Ontario election.

CANDIDATES

There are eight ridings in Ottawa.

To see who is running in each riding, click here. You can also find information on the Elections Ontario website

POLLING HOURS

Polling stations in Ottawa and across Ontario will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

You must be 18 years of age or older on election day to vote in Ontario. You must also be a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario.

WHAT IDENTIFICATION DO I NEED TO VOTE?

If you have a voter information card, you will need one piece of identification with your name on it.

If you don’t have a voter information card, you will need to bring one piece of identification that displays both your name and your current address.

Source: Elections Ontario

Source: Elections Ontario

WHERE DO I VOTE?

Elections Ontario says you can vote in person at the voting location assigned to you based on your current residential address.

To find the specific voting location, you can use Elections Ontario’s voter information service

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE POLLING STATION?

Here is the voting process on Election Day, according to Elections Ontario:

  1. When you arrive at a voting location, you will be asked to show your ID to an election official who will check if you are registered on the voters list. If you are not on the list, the election official will add you to the voters list and ask you to sign a declaration, Elections Ontario says.
  2. The election official will then issue you a ballot.
  3. You will go behind a voting screen to mark your ballot. To vote for your chosen candidate, mark an X in the circle beside their name, and return the completed ballot to the box.
  4. In a voting location with technology, you will place your marked ballot in to the secrecy folder and take it to an election official operating a tabulator. In a voting location without technology, you will fold your ballot and deposit it yourself into a ballot box.

ST. MONICA POLLING STATION

The polling station at St. Monica School on Merivale Road is being moved because of damage from the storm.

Elections Ontario says all electors whose voter identification card assigned them to Poll Number 20 should now vote to the Metropolitan Bible Church at 2176 Prince of Wales Drive.

RESULTS

Initial results are expected to roll in shortly after the polls close at 9 p.m.

Visit CTVNewsToronto.ca’s election map for coverage of all of Ontario’s 124 ridings. CTVNewsOttawa.ca will have complete coverage of all local ridings. 

VOTER TURNOUT

Here is a look at voter turnout in the Ottawa-area ridings in the 2018 Ontario election

  • Carleton – 62 per cent
  • Kanata Carleton – 62.32 per cent
  • Nepean – 58.73 per cent
  • Orleans – 62.77 per cent
  • Ottawa Centre – 61.2 per cent
  • Ottawa South – 56.92 per cent
  • Ottawa Vanier – 51.47 per cent
  • Ottawa West-Nepean – 57.04 per cent

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