With election day coming up next week, you may want to plan your trip as there will be a 75 per cent cut in the number of polling stations available compared to 2018. Torontonians in the Spadina-Fort York area will only have 29 polling stations to cast their ballots in. When compared to the 2018 election, there were 116 stations open to choose from.
A spokesperson for Elections Ontario wrote in a statement that “In 2018 many of the 116 polls included small polls for electors from a specific condo or apartment building only. Nobody else could vote there. In response to COVID-19 concerns, these have been moved into 29 much larger neighborhood locations such as the Enercare Centre, Metro Hall, some hotels and schools,”
According to Elections Ontario, the reduction in polls will make the entire process easier, faster and allow for physical distancing. Another difference for this year is that polling stations will have ePoll books and vote tabulators. Also, pools will be using a “bank teller” model which allows voters in line to see the next available polling official.
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