Some Toronto voters report problems at polls

A handful of Toronto voters reported problems and delays at voting stations today as voters across the country cast ballots in the 42nd federal election.

Voters in some ridings report polling stations opened late

Voters turned up early at this polling station in Richmond Hill to cast their ballots in Monday's election (CBC)

A handful of Toronto voters reported problems and delays at some polling stations today as voters across the country cast ballots in the 42nd federal election.

Local polls were set to open at 9:30 a.m. but some voters turned to Twitter to report problems in casting a ballot. 

Twitter user Kabir said poll number 400 — located on Elizabeth Street in the downtown riding of Spadina Fort-York — told CBC News the polling station didn't open until after 11 a.m. because staff showed up late. He reported a "huge lineup" to vote and said "a lot of people left."

In the downtown riding of Toronto-St. Paul's, one voter said she was delayed because a ballot box hadn't been delivered to the polling station. 

Just before 10 a.m. Twitter user @JannaTV said people at the poll were getting "riled up" over the delay.

Shortly after 10 a.m. she tweeted that she was able to vote. 

CBC News contacted Elections Canada for comment. In an email, spokesman Dugald Maudsley said he would not be available for an interview "because of numerous other commitments"

Other voters reported problems with the ID requirements. As reported here, voters 18 and over can cast a ballot by providing any one of the following:

  • A driver's licence.
  • Provincial ID.
  • Any government ID card that has your photo, name and current address on it. 

Another way is by providing two pieces of ID with at least one containing your current address. Voters can provide their health card, Canadian passport or birth certificate. Even debit cards, bank statements and personal cheques are accepted. There's a full list of options on the Elections Canada website

Despite this, some voters reported being asked for more ID at the polls. 

Twitter user Colleen Hillerup (@fanwomanc) said her husband was asked for a second piece of ID despite showing his valid driver's licence. 

First-time voter and wheelchair user Maayan Ziv said she had to wait for someone to open the door before she could get inside a polling station in Richmond Hill.

"I wasn't able to enter the voting station without help, because the door wasn't automated," she said.

Other voters had no problems at the polls. Wendy and Colin Dungey voted at a school in Richmond Hill and said things went very smoothly.

"The staff were very well prepared, it took 10 seconds to vote," said Colin Dungey.


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