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A Typical Voting Process

In Ontario, eligible electors are able to vote in a number of ways, including by special ballot, at advance polls and on election day. Most electors choose to vote on election day at their assigned voting location.

To vote, you will need to bring your Notice of Registration Card, which is sent to you by mail, and one piece of identification with your name. If you did not receive a Notice of Registration Card, you will need to bring one piece of identification that includes both your name and residential address.

Find out more about the identification requirements:

When you arrive at your voting location, an election official will ask for your documents. If your name is on the Voter’s List, the election official will strike your name off the Voter’s List and present you with your ballot.

If your name is not on the Voter’s List, you will be given the option to register and asked to fill out a form. The election official will then present you with your ballot.

At this point, you officially become a voter.

Your ballot includes a list of candidates running for an election in your electoral district. To vote for a candidate, mark your ballot in secret behind a voting privacy screen. To mark your ballot, place an X in the circle beside the name of the candidate you would like to vote for. Then, return to the election official and place your ballot in the ballot box.

After an election or by-election, Elections Ontario provides an official count of the ballots received from voters. The official count includes all marked ballots, as well as rejected, unmarked and declined ballots.

Find out more about the ballots included in the official count: