We introduced technology in the polls for the 2018 General Election. Election officials used electronic poll books (e-Poll books) and vote tabulators across the province for advance voting. On election day, 50% of the polls had vote tabulators and e-Poll books serving 90% of electors.
The e-Poll books contain the full Voters List for the entire electoral district and replace paper-based Voters Lists. Election officials scan the barcode on your Voter Information Card and the e Poll book returns your entry.
Election officials can also search the e-Poll books for voters without a Voter Information Card, and use the e-Poll books to add or update voter’s information on the Voters List.
All e-Poll books are encrypted and password protected to protect voters’ personal information and the integrity of the voting process
Vote tabulators electronically count each ballot and generate results after polls close
Voters mark their ballot and place it into a secrecy folder before returning it to the poll official operating the tabulator.
The poll official feeds the ballot face down into the tabulator.
A report with the results is printed after polls close on election night.
As an eligible voter, you have the right to:
- Vote privately and free of interference;
- Vote if you are in line at your voting location prior to the close of the polls on election day;
- Vote without a Voter Information Card if your name is on the Voters List and you provide valid ID that shows your name. If you do not have ID, you can complete the Statutory Declaration confirming your identity;
- Vote without a Voter Information Card if your name is NOT on the Voters List, provided you have valid ID that shows your name and residence AND complete the appropriate form;
- Receive assistance while voting;
- Have a sign language interpreter, or other interpreter, with you when you vote;
- Decline your ballot if you do not wish to vote for any of the candidates;
- Vote in a location that is accessible;
- Ask your employer for up to three hours off work without penalty to vote on election day if your work schedule does not allow you three consecutive hours while polls are open and
- Ask Elections Ontario to be removed from the Voters List.
If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.