Media Bulletin - Important reminder for students in the upcoming election



    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Elections Ontario is encouraging students to
ensure they are registered to vote in the October 10, 2007 general election
and referendum.
    All electors vote in the electoral district where they permanently
reside. For students, this may be where their family lives or where they
reside while at school.
    The Ontario Election Act defines "residence" as the place a person
intends to return whenever they are absent for any length of time. The Act
states that:

    
    -   The place where a person's family resides is their permanent
        residence until they move elsewhere with the intention of making that
        change permanent
    -   If a person has no other permanent lodging place, the place where he
        or she occupies a room or part of a room as a regular lodger is his
        or her residence.
    

    Students living outside their electoral district during the upcoming
election have two ways to vote at home.
    First, they can travel to their permanent address and vote at an advance
poll or on Election and Referendum Day. If students cannot travel home they
can vote by proxy.
    Students who determine their permanent address is where they reside while
at school can register to vote at campus registration events, at the local
returning office, at any advance poll or at the poll when they go to vote on
election and referendum day. To register to vote, electors must show proof of
identity and proof of the address where they reside in that electoral
district.
    Students temporarily living and/or going to school outside of Ontario can
also vote by proxy provided they have:

    
    -   Resided in Ontario within two years of Election and Referendum Day,
    -   Resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months before leaving,
        and
    -   They intend to move back to Ontario again.
    

    To learn more about voting by proxy, please visit www.elections.on.ca.

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

    Disponible en français




For further information:

For further information: Elections Ontario Media Relations: (416)
212-6186, (866) 252-2152, media@elections.on.ca


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