Unofficial Election Results
We publish unofficial election results after they have been counted on election night. The results give the total number of marked ballots, rejected ballots, declined ballots and unmarked ballots. You can use our glossary to find out more about each type of ballot.
It can take up to six months after a general election and three months after a by-election before official election results become available.
At the official tabulation, the returning officer compiles the results for each candidate from the documents that the election officials completed to report the results from each poll. At the conclusion of the official tabulation, each returning officer declares the candidate with the most votes to be elected. Candidates or their designated representatives are invited to the official tabulation to observe the proceedings.
Once seven days have passed (and a judge has not approved an application for a recount) the returning officer signs and dates the writ, includes the name of the successfully elected candidate on the back of the writ and returns the writ to the Chief Electoral Officer stating that the candidate has been duly elected.
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Elections Ontario publishes a notice in the Ontario Gazette disclosing which candidate has become the Member of Provincial Parliament in an electoral district following an election.