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October 30, 2003
City's weekday advance vote sparks record turnout Ward advance vote set for Nov. 1 and 2
  
A record number of voters took advantage of the City of Toronto's weekday
advance voting opportunities between Oct. 20-24 and Oct. 27-29 when 10,899
eligible voters cast ballots at City Hall and the City's five civic centres.
Just 3,674 people voted at the weekday advance voting places in 2000,
representing a 297 per cent increase in voter turnout.

This Saturday and Sunday - Nov. 1 and 2 - those who have not yet voted can
still vote early at a location in each of the City's 44 wards from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. You do not need a reason to vote early.

Voter notification cards, mailed the week of October 20, indicate
advance-voting locations in a voter's ward. Those who did not receive a
notification card, or are unsure if they are on the voters' list, should call
416-338-1111. The City's Web site (http://www.toronto.ca/elections) also has a
function that allows voters to type in their address to find out where the
weekend advance voting place is in their ward, as well as where their voting
place is on November 10 - Election Day. Voters cast their ballot only in the
ward in which they reside, and are asked to bring at least one piece of
identification with them when they vote that shows their name and current
address.

This weekend's advance voting places will use paper ballots. The weekday
advance voting places at City Hall and the civic centres used touchscreen
voting machines. Eligible voters are reminded that there are 44 candidates for
mayor this year. The candidates for mayor are in two columns on the ballot.
Voters must fill in the space between the head and tail of the arrow that
points to the name of the candidate they wish to vote for. Voters do NOT mark
an 'X'.

For those who are unsure about how to properly mark the ballot, or for those
whose first language is not English, they can seek assistance from an Elections
Official at the voting place for clarification. The City has also translated
voting instructions into 14 languages. There will be 1,618 voting places across
Toronto on Nov. 10.

Media contacts:
Greg Essensa, Director of Election Services,
416-395-1305
Brad Ross, City of Toronto Media Relations, 416-392-8937,
416-919-6503 (cell)



 

 

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