Elections Ontario (EO) strives to make voting accessible. EO has created different options, so voting can be an inclusive experience for all voters. Below, you will find the following sections of information:
- Voting Days
- Voting Locations
- What Accessible Tools are at the Polls
- Phones in the Polls (new for 2018)
- More about Assistive Voting Technology
- Vote by Mail
- Vote in Hospital
- Vote by Home Visit
- Are you Registered to Vote?
Election Day is June 7, 2018. On that day, you can vote from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT.
You can also vote:
- In person at your returning office from May 10 to June 6,
- In person at your returning office from May 26 to June 6 with Assistive Voting Technology,
- In person during advance voting from May 26 to May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, or
- By mail, starting May 10. Applications may be submitted from May 10 until 6:00 p.m. ET on June 1.
- Find out where your voting locations are for the advance polls, returning office and voting day by visiting Voter Information Services (this feature will be available May 12).
Elections Ontario ensures that voting locations meet the Ontario Building Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Service animals are allowed.
You may bring a family member, friend, or support person, or ask an election official to help you vote. You will both be asked to declare that assistance is needed and that your vote will be kept secret.
Election officials at the polls can provide accessible customer service, and can even bring the ballot outside the poll to you. You can also apply at the returning office for a transfer to another voting location that better meets your accessibility needs.
What Accessible Tools are at the Polls?
When casting your ballot, you can get tools and services such as:
- Voting instructions in over 30 languages,
- Magnifying sheets,
- A braille template for your ballot,
- Assistive voting technology at your local returning office from May 26 to June 6, or
- You can arrange to have a registered sign language interpreter or intervenor and have the company invoice Elections Ontario.
Phones in the Polls (new for 2018)
In addition to your usual personal assistive tools, you can now use your mobile phone as an assistive device. However, it remains a violation of the Elections Act to take or share photos/videos of completed ballots.
More about Assistive Voting Technology
Assistive Voting Technology (AVT) allows people with disabilities to cast their ballot secretly and independently. AVT is available in all returning offices from the first day of advance polls until the day before election day at 6:00 p.m. (May 26 to June 6). This technology offers three options:
- Audio Tactile Interface (ATI),
- Paddles, and
- Sip and Puff Technology.
Vote by Mail
Eligible Ontario voters can apply to vote by mail once an election has been called. You need to submit an application no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on June 1, 2018 and submit ID proving your name and Ontario residential address. For a complete list of acceptable ID, please visit elections.on.ca/id-requirements.
Vote by Mail Process:
Obtain or request an application form by:
- Downloading at elections.on.ca,
- Emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Visiting your returning office,
- Calling toll free in Canada and USA at 1-855-523-5932,
- Calling collect at 1-416-649-1046, or
- Calling TTY toll free at 1-888-292-2312
- Faxing toll free in Canada and USA at 1-888-483-4448 or
- Faxing outside of Canada and USA at 1-416-212-8723.
Complete the application form, scan or photocopy your ID and submit by:
- Email to email@example.com, or
- Mail to: Elections Ontario, Special Ballot, 51 Rolark Drive, Toronto, ON M1R 3B1,or
- Fax to 1-416-212-8723, or fax toll free in Canada and USA at 1-888-483-4448.
- If you’re legally blind and hold a CNIB card, it will be accepted as photo ID.
Special Ballot Kit (contains write-in ballot, secrecy envelope, elector confirmation envelope, pre-addressed return envelope, detailed voting instructions)
- If your application is approved, Elections Ontario will send a special ballot kit to the mailing address on the application,
- Upon receipt of the special ballot kit, you will complete and mail it back to Elections Ontario.
- Once the kit has been mailed, you will be unable to choose another voting option, such as voting at an advance poll or in person on election day.
- Your marked ballot must be received by Elections Ontario’s head office no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on election day, June 7, 2018.
Vote in Hospital
If you are staying at a participating hospital to receive temporary care during a general election, you may be able to vote from May 21 to May 23, 2018. To find out if your hospital participates, please check with your returning office, check elections.on.ca, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-668-8683 (TTY: 1-888-292-2312).
Vote by Home Visit
You can request a home visit from May 10 to June 6 if you are:
- Unable to go to the returning office because of a disability,
- Unable to complete an application form, and/or
- Someone who requires assistance to vote.
To request a home visit, contact your returning office. You can find your returning office on your Voter Information Card, at elections.on.ca or by calling 1-888-668-8683 (TTY: 1-888-292-2312).
Are you Registered to Vote?
Make sure you are registered to vote. Go to e-registration where you can confirm, update or add your information to the voters list.