October 6, 2011 General Election
The writs have been issued for the October 6 general election in Ontario. We are pleased to provide you with the contact information for all 107 Returning Officers in pdf format (72KB).
You can visit the new 2011 General Election website produced by Elections Ontario.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM local time
If you are qualified to vote and your name is on the Voters List, we'll mail you a Notice of Registration Card that will list your voting location on election day, plus the dates, times and places of your advanced voting locations.
If you meet these requirements, you are an eligible elector.
What happens if you…
If you are an elector temporarily living outside Ontario for a period of less than 2 years, you are eligible to vote by mail if you are 18 years of age or older on election day, a Canadian citizen, have not already voted in this election and
Note: Qualified electors in the following categories can vote regardless of the length of time they have been out of Ontario. These electors are:
If you live temporarily outside the province, you can apply to vote by Special ballot.
If you are an eligible elector living somewhere in Ontario, away from your permanent residence, you can return home to vote at an advance poll or on election day, or vote in your returning office by Special Ballot. If you are unable to vote at an advance poll on election day or at your returning office, you can apply to vote by Special ballot.Voting by Special Ballot is a process that provides electors with an opportunity to cast their ballot either in-person at their local returning office or to vote by mail. If you live inside the province but are temporarily outside of your electoral district, you can apply to vote by Special ballot.
As an incarcerated elector, you can apply to vote by Special ballot using the vote by mail process. Voting by Special ballot is a process that provides electors with an opportunity to cast their ballot by mail. If you are an in a correctional facility, you can apply to vote by Special ballot.
An elector may make a request for a home visit to their local Returning Officer if:
The place where you most frequently eat or sleep during the five weeks prior to election day is considered your residence. Check our ID page (318KB PDF) to see if you already have a piece of ID that meets our requirements.
If you don't have ID showing proof of your name and residence, Elections Ontario has created a temporary form of identification – the Certificate of Identity and Residence – to meet the requirements to receive a ballot.
Staff members of homeless shelters, food banks or community health facilities who would like to help their clients receive this temporary ID form are encouraged to contact Elections Ontario, or download the instructions and registration form (372KB PDF).
Special Ballot Days
Thursday, September 8 to Wednesday, October 5, 2011
On October 5 you must vote by 6:00 PM ET or 5:00 PM CT
Apply from Thursday, September 8, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011. On September 30, your application for Special Ballot must be received no later than 6:00 PM ET or 5:00 PM CT. If you are unable to vote on election day or on any Advance Poll Days, you may use our Special Ballot option during the 28-day election period. Wednesday, September 21 to Friday, September 30, 2011 at your returning office from 10 AM to 8 PM local time. As soon as the Election is called, you will be able to consult our online application to find out the places and dates for the Advance Poll Days in your electoral district.
In person in returning office Vote By Mail Advance Poll Days
Electors who are temporarily hospitalized and unable to vote at advance polls, on election day, or at the returning office may vote by Special ballot. To accommodate these electors, Special Ballot Officers will go to each hospital to facilitate the completion of the Special Ballot Application and voting processes. Hospitalized electors will be able to vote regardless of whether the hospital is inside or outside of the electors' electoral district at the time the election is held. The visit will be administered on September 26, 27, 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time each day.
During an election, you may find yourself living away from your family's home. You may wish to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while attending college or university or you may want to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while not attending school. You are given the opportunity to decide which residence you consider to be your principal residence. Regardless of which residential address you choose, all voting options, including voting by special ballot, are available to you. If you are a student with a physical disability and cannot go to the returning office, advance poll or election day to vote, you may request a home visit.
If you need any further assistance, please contact a member of the Elections Ontario Outreach Team at
1-888-246-3335 or email email@example.com