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Below are frequently asked questions about the voting process for the 2023 By-Election for Mayor.
When is the By-Election for Mayor of Toronto?
The By-Election for Mayor will take place on Monday, June 26th. In-person Advance Voting is available between Thursday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
Who is eligible to vote?
To vote in the 2023 by-election for mayor, you must be:
a Canadian citizen; and
at least 18 years old; and
a resident in the city of Toronto; or
a non-resident of Toronto, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the city; and
not prohibited from voting under any law.
Information for students
Students living in Toronto for school:
If you are a student living away from “home” to attend an educational institution in Toronto and consider your “home” to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your “home” municipality and in the municipality where you currently live to attend school.
If your home and school residence are both in Toronto, vote in the ward where your “home” is located not where your school residence is located.
Students living away from Toronto for school:
If you are a Toronto resident, but are studying in another Ontario municipality you may be eligible to vote in both municipal elections.
In Toronto, vote in the ward where your “home” is located. Bring identification with your name and qualifying Toronto address to the voting location.
If you are unable to vote in the 2023 by-election for mayor, you may appoint another elector as Proxy to vote on your behalf.
Please check with the City Clerk of the municipality where you’re attending school to find out what your voting options are.
Who cannot vote:
You are prohibited from voting on voting day if you are:
serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
How and when can I vote?
- By mail (you can apply for Mail-in Voting from May 1 to May 26 at 4:30 p.m.)
- During advance voting (from June 8 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) at any of the available voting locations across the city; or
- On election day (June 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
You may only vote once in the 2023 by-election for mayor regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the city. If you own or rent multiple properties, you must only vote in the ward where you live.
You can find if you are on the voters’ list by using MyVote (starting May 1), emailing VoterRegistration@toronto.ca or by calling 311.
What ID do I need to vote?
Identification with Your Name and Toronto Address
To vote in Toronto, you are required to show one piece of identification (ID) with your name and qualifying Toronto address to receive your ballot. You do not need photo ID, just one piece of ID showing your name and address within the city of Toronto.
The most common forms of acceptable ID are:
Government Issued – a document issued by the government of Canada or province of Ontario, tax documents, drivers licence, photo ID card
Bank Issued – credit card statement, bank account statement, cancelled personalized cheque, loan agreement
Utility Bill – Hydro, telephone or cable TV, water, gas or a bill from a public utilities commission
Employment Issued – Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer, statement of direct deposit from Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program
Voter Information Card (VIC)
Although the VIC is not mandatory to vote, it confirms with election officials that you are on the voters’ list and speeds up your time in the voting place. If you are on the voters’ list you should receive your VIC before advance voting begins on June 8, 2023.
Acceptable Identification (ID)
Ontario issued photo card, driver’s licence or motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
Cancelled personalized cheque, credit card or bank account statement.
Utility bill for hydro, telephone or cable TV, water, gas or a bill from a public utilities commission.
Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
Statement of direct deposit for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.
Property tax assessment, income tax assessment notice, Child Tax Benefit statement.
Mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement.
Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.
Document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or a document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
Insurance policy or insurance statement.
Loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS), Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P), Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
CNIB card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
Document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
Learn more about Ontario regulation 304/13 for voter identification under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 as amended. Printable list of ID
How and when can I access Toronto's MyVote website?
The MyVote web application is available starting May 1, and has everything to get you started for the 2023 by-election for mayor. You can access MyVote by clicking here.
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)
What are the key dates during the 2023 By-Election for Mayor?
- First day to apply for Mail-in Voting
- First day to add, change or update your information on the voters’ list
- First day to request a Proxy form and make an appointment to have it certified by emailing VoterRegistration@toronto.ca or calling 311
- Voter Information Cards are mailed to eligible voters
- Only eligible voters who are on the voters’ list as of May 14 will receive a voter information card in the mail. If you are on the voters’ list and do not get a voter card in the mail, you can access your card by using MyVote.
- Deadline to apply for Mail-in Voting, by 4:30 p.m.
June 8 to June 13
- Six days of advance voting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Completed Mail-in Voting packages must be received by noon (12 p.m.)
Monday, June 26
- Election Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How do I check to see if I'm on the Voter's List?
You can find if you are on the voters’ list by using MyVote (starting May 1), emailing VoterRegistration@toronto.ca or by calling 311. If you are not on the voters’ list, you can add yourself when you go to vote in person.
What happens at a Voting location?
Before you go to vote, check to see if you are on the voters’ list and review your information by using MyVote. If you are not on the voters’ list, you can add yourself when you go to vote in person.
When you arrive, an election official will:
- greet and show you to where you need to go
- ask for your identification
- check your identification against the voters’ list and cross your name off the list
- put your ballot into a secrecy folder and show you how to mark your ballot
- direct you to the voting screen
- mark your ballot by filling in the oval to the right of the candidate of your choice
- vote once for each office on the ballot
- If you make a mistake or change your mind, take the ballot to the election official who will cancel your ballot and issue you another one
- place your marked ballot in the secrecy folder and take it to the election official who will feed your ballot into the tabulator while you wait
- If there is a problem with your ballot, the tabulator will return it. The election official will give you the option of a new ballot or having the tabulator accept the ballot as marked
- If you have any questions on how to properly mark the ballot, any of the election officials will be happy to explain it to you
You will have successfully voted once your ballot is accepted by the tabulator.