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How to vote in Toronto's municipal election

10/03/2014 01:38 EDT | Updated 12/03/2014 05:59 EST
Here's a primer for voters with questions about how, when and where they can cast their vote in the upcoming Toronto municipal election.

When is election day? Monday Oct. 27. Polls open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Who can vote? To quality to vote you must be:

- A Canadian citizen.

- At least 18 years of age on voting day.

- A resident of the city of Toronto.

- A non-resident of Toronto who owns property in the city or who has a spouse who owns property in the city.

Where do I vote? The city has a handy website for this: MyVote. Punch in your address and it will list where you can vote, along with the complete list of mayoral candidates and the council and school trustee candidates running in your ward. A complete list of voting places is here.

I'm out of town on Oct. 27, are there advance polls? Yes they run Tuesday, Oct. 14 to 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Note that the advance poll location will likely be at a different location than if you were to vote on Oct. 27. After clicking on the "where do I vote" tab in the MyVote tool, you can specify whether you're voting in advance polls or on voting day. Here is a complete list of voting places in the city. Advance voting locations are listed in blue.

So I just put an 'X' by the name of my preferred candidate, right? No, the city uses a different ballot. Instead of marking an X, you draw a line that connects a gap in the arrow beside the candidate's name. This video explains it. And here is a list of what the ballots look like.

How do I know if I'm not on the voters list? Use the MyVote tool and enter your name. If you're not on the list you can request to be added. Being on the voters list means you get a Voter Information Card in the mail, which shows where you can vote and will speed up the process on voting day.

So if I'm not on the voters list and don't Have a Voter Information Card, can I still vote? Yes, just take your ID to your voting place listed on the MyVote tool.

What do I need to bring with me when I got to vote? ID or a statement that shows your name and qualifying Toronto address. The city mentions the following ID as acceptable:

- Driver's licence.

- Credit card statement.

- Cancelled personal cheque.

There are other forms of ID that will work. A complete list is here.

If you do not have acceptable ID, but your name is on the voters' list you will be required to sign a Declaration of Identity to receive a ballot. If you do not have acceptable ID, and are not on the voters' list, you will be asked to return with your ID in order to receive a ballot.

What services are available to voters who might need extra help? This section of the city website shows how you can:

- Appoint a proxy to vote for you.

- Vote from the curbside if you are physically unable to go inside the voting place.

- Find a list of organizations that can help provide transit on voting day.

- Lean how to use special voting equipment designed to assist voters with special needs.

This video shows how the city's Voter Assist Terminals work.

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