New Ways to Vote in 2011 Provincial Election

Fixed election dates are not the only change voters will see for the 2011 election. Under Ontario's new election laws there are now more ways - and times - to cast your vote.

Special ballot voting

You now have the opportunity to vote by Special Ballot, which can take different forms:

  • Vote by Mail: Any voter can apply by mail for a Special Ballot to vote by mail.
  • Vote in Person: Any time after September 7, 2011 voters can apply for a Special Ballot and vote over the 28 day period of the election. To do this, you simply need to visit your local returning office.
  • Vote at Home: In an effort to make voting more accessible, some voters can now vote at home.

    The way this works is that the voter can  request the assistance of Special Ballot Officers to complete an application form and to vote from home. This option is available to two groups of voters: Those who find it impossible or unreasonably difficult to go to the returning office and those who need assistance because of a disability or because he or she is unable to read or write. 

Students can choose where to vote

New in 2011, post-secondary students can now choose to vote in either their home electoral district or in the electoral district in which they are temporarily living and going to school.

More advanced poll locations

Want to avoid the lines on voting day? There are now a variety of places where you can vote in the advanced polls.

You can vote at the Returning Office any day from Sept. 21-30, 2011 (see address below).

In addition, you can vote in advanced polls at the following locations for Oak Ridges-Markham (Stouffville):

Ontario SPCA
16586 Woodbine Avenue, Stouffville
Sept 23-27, 2011
  Whitchurch/Stouffville Municipal Office
111 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville
Sept 21-30, 2011
Oak Ridges Recreation Centre
70 Old Colony Road, Richmond Hill
Sept 21-30, 2011

Angus Glen Community Centre
3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East, Markham
Sept 21-30, 2011


Schomberg Public Library
77 Main Street, Schomberg
Sept 23-27, 2011


Nobleton Public Library
8 Sheardown Drive, Nobleton
Sept 23-27, 2011


Returning Office for Oak Ridges-Markham
10909 Yonge Street - Unit 44, Richmond Hill.
Sept 21-30

The Local Returning Officer for Oak Ridges-Markham is:
Susan Harding
10909 Yonge St., Unit 44 & 54
Richmond Hill
L4C 3E3
1 866-511-6311

>> return to the main Provincial Election guide page

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