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Election Day in Ontario: What you need to know to vote

Here's what you need to know on voting day in Ontario.

Polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

To vote you need to be 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen and living in Ontario. (Audrey Roy/Radio-Canada)

The candidates have made their pitches and now it's time for the voters to have their say.

It's election day in Ontario. Here's what you need to know before heading to the booth.

Who can vote

  • To vote you need to be 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario.

When you can vote

  • Polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

Where can you vote

  • If you don't know where your polling station is you can find it on your voting card, or go to the Elections Ontario website and enter your postal code.

What to bring

  • If you received a voting card in the mail you will need to bring it and a piece of identification bearing your name to your polling station.
  • If you did not receive a voting card you can still register at the polling station. You need to bring identification bearing your name and current residential address, such as a driver's licence or utility bill.
  • Elections Ontario has a full list of acceptable identification.
(Elections Ontario)

How to vote

  • Only ballots marked with an X are counted toward a candidate's tally.
  • If you make a mistake you can ask for another ballot from the election official.
  • To decline a ballot in Ontario, a voter must receive it and return it to the deputy returning officer and say that he or she is declining the ballot. The returning officer writes the word "declined" on the back of the ballot, and it is set aside and counted separately. Declined ballots are not lumped in with spoiled or rejected ballots.
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Find out more

Need to catch up on what's been happening during the campaign? Check out some of these links:

  • Ontario Votes 2018: A one-stop shop for the latest news and analysis from CBC News.
  • Platform Tracker: A breakdown of where the parties stand on key issues.
  • Vote Compass: See where your views line up compared to the main parties.

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