Ontario's 40th Provincial General Election begins

TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa confirmed that writs have been issued for the October 6 general election in Ontario. "I have forwarded writs of election to the Returning Officer in each of Ontario's 107 electoral districts," said Essensa.

Local returning offices in 107 electoral districts are now open to the public. Canadian citizens who reside in Ontario and are at least 18 years of age or older on election day are eligible to vote. You may only vote in the electoral district in which you reside. As well, revising agents from Elections Ontario are working to update the Voters List and are knocking on doors across the province until September 11, 2011.

The nomination period begins today, Thursday, September 8, 2011 and will conclude Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 2 p.m. (ET).

Electors can vote at an advance poll between Wednesday, September 21 and Friday, September 30. Electors can choose to vote in advance using assistive voting technology between Wednesday, September 21 and Wednesday, October 5 at each returning office or satellite office.

Electors can also vote by mail or in person at their local returning office by Special ballot. Electors must apply for their Special ballot voting kit no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, September 30. Applications are available at wemakevotingeasy.ca, by phone or in person at local returning offices.

A blackout on political advertising begins at midnight (ET) on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, October 6, 2011. A prohibition on the publication of surveys will also begin at midnight (ET) on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 and ends at 9 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, October 6, 2011.

For more information, visit wemakevotingeasy.ca.

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
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