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October 9, 2003
City of Toronto launches "Your City - Your Vote" for the November 10 municipal election
  
The City of Toronto, today, announced its plans for the November 10 municipal
election, including key dates for advance voting, how to use the voting
machines, its communications plan and accessing election night results.

"There are a number of advance voting opportunities this year," said City Clerk
Ulli Watkiss. "Anyone who is eligible to vote is encouraged to take advantage
of these opportunities. Voters are asked to bring with them their voter
notification card and at least one piece of identification showing their name
and address when they vote. If they're not on the voters' list, they can have
their name added on the day they vote."

Watkiss also reminded voters that they vote where they live in the City of
Toronto. "Even if you own property or a business in several different wards,
you may only vote once and it must be in the ward in which you reside."

Election Services will employ some 11,000 staff on election day to work in the
more than 1,600 voting places. Planning for the election began shortly after
the 2000 election. Candidate nominations opened on January 2 of this year.

"For the first time, voters will see two full columns of names for mayor on the
ballot," said Greg Essensa, Director of Election Services. "There are 44
candidates running for mayor; in the 2000 election there were 26 candidates.
Voters are reminded of this fact when they come to vote. There will also be a
column for city councillor and school board trustee on the ballot."

In addition to the 44 mayoral candidates, there are also 199 candidates running
for city councillor and 102 candidates seeking election in four school boards.
The "Your City - Your Vote" communication strategy emphasizes the fact that the
municipal level of government touches people's everyday lives more than any
other level of government.

Voting places will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 10. Advance
voting takes place at City Hall and the five civic centres weekdays from
October 20 to 24, and again on October 27 to 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend
advance voting in each of the City's 44 wards will take place on November 1 and
2, also from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Voters can log onto the City's Web site at http://www.toronto.ca/elections or
call 416-338-1111 for more information.

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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