Media Bulletin - Filming by media at polling stations

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - The Chief Electoral Officer is reminding the
media and candidates that filming and photography are not permitted inside
polling stations during advance polls or on Election and Referendum Day.
    "It is essential that we protect the secrecy of the vote and allow
electors to cast their vote in private, without distraction, disruption or
delay. This rule applies even if an elector consents to being filmed," said
John Hollins, Chief Electoral Officer.
    Media representatives may film outside the polling location provided this
is done without interfering with electors' access to the building.
    The only exception that will be made is for candidates casting their
ballots. Candidates may receive authorization to film the casting of their
ballot, but only with PRIOR permission arranged through the returning officer.
Poll officials may not admit media into the poll without proof of permission.
    Media wishing to obtain b-roll of electors in a polling place and the
voting process may contact Media Relations at Elections Ontario.
    Your understanding and co-operation is requested to ensure the fair and
smooth operation of voting by electors.

    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, 1-866-252-2152,

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