A 'how to' on voting in Toronto

By Sean Delaney

Voting On June 26thToronto Mayoral By-Election?

Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about this upcoming election.

Curbside voting.

Suppose you are physically unable to go inside the voting location. In that case, you can request to bring your ballot to your vehicle, outside the building, or another area within the voting location. Where a voting location is situated in a multi-residential building, the boundaries do not include any residences on the property.

A friend or support person will need to go inside the voting location to inform the election officials that you require curbside voting. If traveling to the voting location alone and you require curbside voting, please call 416-338-2020 or email:


Appoint a Voting Proxy.

If you are unable to vote for any reason on any of the available voting days, you can appoint another eligible elector to vote on your behalf.

Who can vote on your behalf?

A Voting Proxy must be someone eligible to vote in the city of Toronto and who the voter can trust to vote the way they wish. 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 a relative. Relatives are spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren. A Voting Proxy can vote on behalf of more than one relative.

Note: A person acting as executor, trustee, or in any other representative capacity is still required to get a certified Voting Proxy Appointment Form.

You can request a Voting Proxy Appointment Form by calling 311, or emailing:


Taking time off to vote

Voting hours on election day are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You are entitled to three hours in which to vote on voting day. This does not mean you can take three hours off work. It means you’re allowed to be absent to give yourself three hours of voting time.

Typically this is at the start or end of your working hours. For example, if your working hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you are entitled to leave one hour early so that you would have from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to vote.

Visit MyVote at: toronto.ca or scan the QR code below and get started with MyVote to check. Add or update your information on the voters’ list, apply to vote by mail, and check out a list of candidates running for mayor.

Enter your Toronto address to:

• Find out if you are on the voters’ list.

• Add, change or update your voters’ list information (May 1 to May 26).

• Check out the candidates running for mayor.

• Apply to vote by mail (May 1 to May 26).

• Find your ward and map.

• Find out where and when to vote (available June 1).

• View, download or print your Voter Information Card (available June 1).

• Find accessibility information about your voting place (available June 1).

• View a sample of your ballot (available June 1).

Note: continue to check MyVote before you go to vote in person, as voting locations may change.