Starting today, eligible voters can choose an alternative to in-person voting for Toronto’s municipal election and can apply to vote by mail until Friday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.
The new mail-in voting option is an easy and convenient way to vote, allowing applicants to vote from the comfort of their homes. Mail-in voting was made available for the first time in the 2021 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election. This is the first time mail-in voting will be available in the general municipal election.
Interested voters must apply to vote by mail before September 23 at 4:30 p.m. either online (www.toronto.ca/votebymail) or by calling Toronto Elections at 311. Election day is Monday, October 24.
Once a voter’s application is approved, they will be sent their mail-in voting package by mail starting September 23. Applicants can track the status of their package using the confirmation code generated after completing their online application.
Toronto Elections must receive completed mail-in voting packages by noon, Friday, October 21. Completed mail-in voting packages can be returned by using the pre-paid postage to deposit in any Canada Post mailbox or can be placed into a secure Toronto Elections mail-in voting yellow drop box, available in each of Toronto’s 25 electoral wards October 7 to 21 at noon. Drop box locations will be listed on the Toronto Elections Mail-in Voting webpage in late September: www.toronto.ca/votebymail.
More information about mail-in voting and how to apply is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/votebymail.
Proxy applications available for Toronto municipal election
Eligible voters who are unable to vote for any reason on the available voting days or by mail may appoint another eligible elector to vote in person on their behalf – this person is known as a voting proxy. A voting proxy must be eligible to vote in Toronto and someone who the elector trusts to vote in accordance with their wishes. A voter can only choose one person to vote on their behalf.
A voting proxy can only vote on behalf of one person unless they are voting on behalf of immediate family members. Immediate family members are spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren. A voting proxy can vote on behalf of more than one immediate family member.
Starting today, September 1, eligible voters can contact Toronto Elections by emailing VoterRegistration@toronto.ca or calling 311 to receive a Voting Proxy Appointment Form.
The Voting Proxy Appointment Form must be completed and signed by the voter(s) and the proxy voter before being certified. Before Monday, October 24 at 4:30 p.m., the form must be certified by the City Clerk in person at the Toronto Elections office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., or by-appointment at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
More information about the proxy process, including how to certify the form, is available on the Toronto Elections Voter Accommodations webpage: www.toronto.ca/VoterAccommodat
More information about Toronto’s municipal election is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/elections.
SOURCE City of Toronto