Advance vote turnout for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election

Advance vote turnout for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election

Toronto Elections saw a total of 2,227 eligible electors vote during the by-election’s advance vote, which ran continuously for three days from Friday, January 8 to Sunday, January 10.

The following is a breakdown of the advance vote turnout by day:
• Friday, January 8 – 681
• Saturday, January 9 – 688
• Sunday, January 10 – 858

Mail-in ballots
Registration to Vote by Mail closed on January 4 and, in total, 4,082 mail-in voting requests were approved and mailed to voters. As of January 7, the total number of mail-in ballots tabulated is 1,280.

Voters must return the Mail-in Voting package by mail or hand delivery to one of the two drop-box locations:
• Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre, 2520 Birchmount Rd.
• L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave.

The deadline for completed Mail-in Voting packages to be received by Toronto Elections is 6 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Election Day — Friday, January 15
Voting places will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on January 15, at locations across Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt. On election night, unofficial results will be posted in real-time starting after 8 p.m. on the Election Services website: http://www.toronto.ca/byelection.

Voters are reminded to bring identification showing their name and qualifying Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt address and their Voter Information Card (or download it to their smartphone) when they go to vote. A full list of acceptable identification is available on the Toronto Elections website: http://www.toronto.ca/byelection.

Making the by-election safe for everyone
Toronto Elections, in consultation with Toronto Public Health, has developed health and safety measures to keep voting safe, while enabling Ward 22 to elect a representative. The measures include health screening, reduced touch points, physical distancing, occupancy standards and specialized health and safety positions in all voting places.

More information about how Toronto Elections is keeping voting safe is available on the Making Elections Safe for Everyone webpage: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/by-election/by-election-voter-information/?accordion=making-elections-safe-for-everyone.

Electors are reminded to wear a mask in the voting place, and to stay home if they are not feeling well or experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.

Eligible voters are encouraged to use MyVote
Voters can enter their Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt address into MyVote to:
• check to see if they are on the voters’ list
• print or view their voter information card, and can show it digitally on their smartphone when they go to vote
• view a list of candidates
• find out where to vote on election day
• view a sample of the ballot
• view a map of Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt

MyVote is available online: http://www.toronto.ca/myvote.

Any electors who did not receive a Voter Information Card, or who are not on the voters’ list, can be added to the voters’ list at the voting place.

Third-party advertiser registration closes Thursday, January 14

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 requires that individuals, corporations and trade unions who plan to spend money promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate in the Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election first register as a third-party advertiser with the City Clerk.

Registration closes at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021. A Notice of Registration must be filed in person, by appointment only, at the Election Services Office, 89 Northline Rd.

The City Clerk must certify the registration before a third-party advertiser can spend money on their campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising. Registered third-party advertisers must identify themselves on advertisements and comply with requirements under the Act.

More information about how to become a registered third-party advertiser, including forms and rules is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/byelection.

“We are delighted that so many voters took advantage of the advance voting opportunity during these unusual times. We encourage all eligible voters to stay safe and follow all the health and safety guidelines when they come out to vote on election day, January 15.”
– John Elvidge, Interim City Clerk

SOURCE:  City of Toronto

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