Ten Days of Advance Polls Begin Today

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Ten days of advance polls begin today and will run until September 30 at locations across Ontario. The dates, times and locations of advance polls are listed online at wemakevotingeasy.ca through an interactive "Where Do I Vote" tool as well as in local newspapers across Ontario. This information was also included on the Notice of Registration Card that was mailed to more than 8.8 million registered voters this week.

Voters are reminded to bring their Notice of Registration Card and identification with them when they go to vote. A full list of acceptable identification is listed on the Elections Ontario website.

Qualified voters who did not receive a Notice of Registration card can still vote. Elections Ontario customer service representatives are standing by to help voters find out where to vote and what they need to vote. Customer service representatives can be reach at 1-888-ONT-VOTE or at info@elections.on.ca.

Today also marks the first day voters can use assistive voting technology to help them cast their ballot at local returning offices and satellite offices. Assistive voting technology allows voters to cast their ballot secretly and independently. It consists of a tabulator, which counts ballots cast, the printer, which prints the ballot once selection has been made, headphones to listen to the audio cues and controllers.

The assistive voting technology uses audio instructions and provides options which assist voters to cast their ballot.  These options include an audio tactile interface (large raised buttons with bright colours and Braille inscriptions), paddles or sip and puff technology (a device using air pressure by "sipping" (inhaling) or "puffing" (exhaling) into a straw). It will be available for 15 days, between September 21 and October 5 at 144 locations across Ontario.

"This is the first time in a provincial general election that voters with disabilities will be able to use assistive voting technology which will allow them to vote with independence and secrecy," said Greg Essensa, Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer. "It's a key part of our commitment to offer more choice to Ontario's voters."

Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.

SOURCE Elections Ontario

For further information:

Elections Ontario Media Relations
416.212.6186 / 1.866.252.2152
media@elections.on.ca
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