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1 Ontario’s Provincial Election 2011 Developed by: Scarborough Civic Action Network (SCAN)

2 Toronto Municipal Election 2010 SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 Election Day October 6, 2011 Citizens of Ontario will each vote for… 1 Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)

3 Who Can Vote You may vote in this provincial election, if … You are a Canadian citizen AND You are 18+ years of age on election day AND Reside in the electoral district SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

4 How to Vote Register of Electors: A database of people who are qualified to vote in Ontario’s Provincial elections and referendums (separated by riding) Notice of Registration Card: A card tells you when and where to cast your ballot on election day and during advance voting. ▫ Everyone on the Voters’ List will be sent a Notice of Registration Card in the mail SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 VoterMail Man

5 Voter Who Can Vote Voter, Jon A. 1a Good Citizen Rd. Toronto, ON M1A 1A AA Signature: J Voter Voter Information Card Voter, Jon A. 1A Good Citizen Rd. Toronto, ON M1A 1A1 Assigned voting location: XXXXXXX Community Centre 9am-6pm When you go to vote, bring your “Voter Information Card” and a piece of Identification with you.

6 Who Can Vote SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 EITHER ONE piece of ID issues by a government agency with your NAME, ADDRESS and PHOTO Ontario driver's licence Ontario Health Card (photo card with address) Canadian Passport Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship Card) OR TWO original pieces of authorized ID BOTH pieces must have your ONE piece must have your ADDRESS -Utility bill -Bank/Credit Card Statement -Vehicle Ownership/insurance -Statement of Government Benefits (EI, old age security, social assistance etc) If you have questions, CALL The identification must have your name, qualifying address and photo.

7 Who Can Vote If you don’t receive a “Voter Information Card” or are not on the Electors List don’t worry! You CAN still vote! SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

8 How do I register to vote? Call Elections Fill out an application at At the polling station at advance polls and on election day You will be asked to: -Fill out a form -Certify that you are a Canadian Citizen who will be 18 on election day -- Prove your identity and address with proper ID SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

9 Ridings or Electoral Districts: A geographic area represented in parliament by one elected politician (Member of Provincial Parliament). Each one contains approximately 170,000 people. SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 Where To Vote You must VOTE in the ELECTORAL DISTRICT YOU LIVE IN & the POLLING STATION YOU ARE ASSIGNED TO.

10 Where To Vote Your Voter Information Card will tell you where to vote on Election Day. You MUST vote in the location indicated on your card. If you don’t receive a Voter Information Card find out where you should vote by… going to: SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 On Election Day

11 When To Vote Election Day is October 6 th, 2011 but you can vote early! You do not need a reason to vote during Advance Voting. It is YOUR choice! SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 Advance Voting Sun.Mon.Tue.Wed.Thur.Fri.Sat ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 22 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 23 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 24 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 25 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 26 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 27 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 28 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 29 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm 30 ADVANCE VOTING 10am to 8 pm ELECTION DAY

12 How to Vote SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 When you arrive at the voting station, give your information to a poll clerk. This person will cross your name off the voter’s list to and give you a ballot. Go behind a voting screen. This is where you will mark your ballot. It ensures privacy. Ballot OfficerVoter Voting Screen

13 SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 How to Vote Mark the ballot. Mark an ‘X’ in the space beside the candidate of you want to vote for. Fold the ballot in half to ensure secrecy. You may vote for: One (1) Member of Provincial Parliament Candidate A Candidate B Candidate C Candidate D Voter

14 SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 How to Vote Take the folded ballot to the poll clerk. Wait until the poll clerk tears off the black tab and gives your ballot back to you to insert it into the ballot box. Voter Voting Screen Tabulator Officer

15 ONE candidate for to represent our riding in parliament as the Member of Provincial Parliament Voting for two candidates will disqualify your ballot Each voter can only vote ONCE If you make a mistake or change your mind, you can return the ballot to the election official and ask for a new ballot. SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 Who do we vote for?

16 Provincial Politics 101 Ontario’s Legislative Assembly is where provincial political issues and laws are discussed 107 Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) make up the Legislative Assembly: This is Parliament Ontario’s House of Commons

17 The House of Commons SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010 Official Opposition Opposition The party that wins the most seats in the Legislative Assembly forms the government. MPPs who are voted in by their constituents but belong to the governing party still have a say in the creation of law and the way the government is run. NDP Conservative Party Liberal Party PartySeatsPositionLeader Liberal Party of Ontario71GovernmentDalton McGuinty Conservative Party of Ontario25Official Opposition PartyTim Hudak New Democratic Party of Ontario10Opposition PartyAndrea Howarth Government

18 Member of Parliament (MPP) MPPs are elected by the people in their electoral district to represent them in parliament ▫ Bring the concerns of people in their ridings to the Legislative Assembly ▫ Are expected to be loyal and support their party ▫ Discuss, create, amend and/or vote on laws. Contribute ideas and energy to the development of effective laws ▫ Participate in standing legislative and special committees ▫ Respond to constituents & deal with issues in his/her electoral district SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

19 Prime Minister We do not vote for the Premier directly BUT Your vote does contribute to choosing the next Premier When you vote for candidates that belong to political parties, you also support the leader of the party. The Premier is the leader of the political party with the most Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in the House of Commons. SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

20 Premier The Premier has many special responsibilities, including: ▫ Final funding allocations for new initiatives & major budget decisions ▫ Setting the direction for major changes in government & directing the operation of the government ▫ Introducing new policies ▫ Has direct power to decide which MPPs will become Ministers of Ontario’s Ministries & to dismiss them ▫ Has the power to direct cabinet priorities & policies SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

21 If You Need Help Voting You can bring a friend, if you need help to fill out the ballot. You can bring an interpreter if you need help reading or speaking English. SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

22 If You Need Help Voting instructions are be available in SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010

23 Voter Last provincial election, 46% of the people eligible to vote in your riding actually voted. WHY Vote? Voter

24 Last provincial election, of the people that voted, 57% voted for your current MPP. WHY Vote? Voter

25 That means that your current MPP won with only 26% of all of the voters in your riding. WHY Vote? Voter

26 WHY Vote? BECAUSE YOU CARE about… - Public Education - - Health Care (Hospitals) - -Welfare/Social Assistance– - Immigration - - Adoption & Child Welfare - - Urban & rural development - - Old age & disability - - Natural Resources & Crown Land - - Intra-provincial Transportation (Highways) - - Policing (Ontario Provincial Police) - -Prisons – - Property & Civil Rights (Ownership, Property Taxation etc.) - - Labour issues (maximum hours, minimum wages, safety, workers compensation) -

27 Don’t let other’s vote on your behalf. Make a statement that you care about who represents you in the Legislative Assembly. Choose the person who will represent you in establishing laws and policies that will affect your quality of life and the functioning of the Ontario government. Voice issues that matter to you and affect your quality of life. Ensure that they are addressed. VOTING ONLY TAKES 10 MINUTES WHY Vote?

28 More Information Contact Elections Ontario , 7am to midnight To find everything you need to know about voting: SCAN : Toronto Municipal Election 2010


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