Ontarians head to the polls

Voters across Ontario have begun casting ballots in the province's 40th election.
Ontario voters are casting ballots in an election that has been called the closest in years. From left, PC Leader Tim Hudak, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty. (CBC)

CBC: Your choice for election night coverage

CBC has you covered for comprehensive, up-to-the minute Ontario election night coverage across multiple platforms:

Television Our election special begins at 9 p.m. ET on CBC News Network just as polls close. The broadcast will also be available via livestream on

Radio The election special will also be broadcast across the province on Radio One.

Online Our Ontario election website will feature stories, analysis, livestreaming of the election special and up-to-the-minute, poll-by-poll results as they are released by Elections Ontario.

Mobile Election information will be available to mobile users here, be sure to select "My region" from the menu.

iPad Download CBC's app for iPad and iPhone to receive all of our election coverage.

Facebook’s Facebook page will also livestream our broadcast special. Follow along and discuss.

Voters have begun casting their ballots in Ontario's 40th provincial election, which many polls suggest could be one of the province's closest votes in decades.

Polls opened at 9 a.m. ET Thursday and close at 9 p.m.

CBC will publish election results across multiple platforms as they are made available by Elections Ontario (see sidebar).  

Those on the voters list should have received a notice of registration card in the mail. This, along with accepted identification (which can be as simple as a credit card or student card), must be presented at your polling station in order to vote. The location of your polling station is printed on the card.

Eligible voters who did not receive a registration card in the mail can still vote by showing up to their polling station with accepted identification, though the standards are stricter: it has to be an approved document that shows your name and address.

Photo ID is not required to vote.

You can find your polling station — there are 7,700 across the province — using this interactive tool from Elections Ontario.  

Elections officials anticipate the turnout will top the 2007 vote, which set a record low with only 52.6 per cent of eligible electors casting a ballot. Voting at this year's advance polling was up 38 per cent to 625,000 people.