Thursday, July 31, 2014

Not too early to cast ballots

Although election day officially isn’t until next Thursday (June 12), it’s not too early to think about voting.
Notice of Registration cards went out last week, and the advance poll has running all this week at the Elections Ontario returning office for the Kenora-Rainy River riding, which is located at 363 Church St. (the old public library).

And even after the advance poll closes tomorrow, electors can vote by special ballot until 6 p.m. next Wednesday (June 11).
Returning officer Ian Simpson noted this morning that if the information on a Notice of Registration card is incorrect, individuals can call the returning office here at 274-7042 or drop by in-person to have it changed.
Simpson also said that if an individual has not received a Notice of Registration card for some reason, they still can vote.
If they don’t have a card but want to vote in the advance poll or by special ballot, they can come by the returning office with I.D. to prove who they are and where they live.
A list of eligible I.D. can be found at wemakevotingeasy.ca
If an individual doesn’t have a card, but wants to vote on election day, they should go to the poll they usually vote at (bring proper I.D.)
If they go to the wrong poll, Elections Ontario staff there will direct them to the right one.
If the elector doesn’t know where they should vote, they can find out ahead of time by calling the returning office (274-7042).
Staff will look up their address and tell them where to vote.
The local Elections Ontario office is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sundays from noon-5 p.m.
Looking ahead to election day, polls will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at various locations.
On that day, voters must bring their Notice of Registration card and a valid I.D.
Meanwhile, staff at the returning office continue to be busy, Simpson said.
“This week, we’ve been busy getting ready to ship out poll supplies to the fly-in
communities north of Sioux Lookout,” he noted.
“We took them up to Sioux Lookout and they’re flying them out today and tomorrow.
“They’ll be flown in to the First Nations’ communities . . . that are accessible only by plane.
“And now we’re getting poll supplies ready for delivery to all our satellite offices to be ready to go out to the various voting locations for election day,” added Simpson.
Satellite returning offices are located in Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout.
“It’s busy. We’ve got over 180 polls and 132 voting locations,” remarked Simpson.
He added returning office staff also will continue to revise the list of electors, making corrections to addresses and names which people have made them aware of, through the end of the day tomorrow.
“We’re really working hard to make as many corrections as possible,” Simpson stressed.

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