Today’s voters find it easy to find reasons not to vote in local elections for mayor, council, and school boards.
Whether it’s the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, worries about the economy, or the sharp rise in the cost of everything from a mortgage payment to a loaf of bread, voting in today’s local elections may seem low on the priority list, to take care of it.
Turnout in Ontario’s spring election was a record low of 43 percent, which some observers fear could signal a worrying trend for future elections at all levels.
Martin Horak, associate professor of political science at Western University, fears this local election in London could fall below the 39 percent turnout seen in 2018.
“Unfortunately, I suspect that we will be well below 39 percent,” said Horak. “I suspect this won’t be a huge turnout, but I hope I’m wrong.”
London’s next mayor and council will face major challenges and make decisions that will shape Forest City for years to come, Horak said. Census data suggests that London is the fastest growing city in Ontario and one of the fastest growing in Canada.
Growth is good news, but London also faces major challenges, including a struggling inner city core, declining housing affordability and the need to manage rapid growth and balance it with services.
The vote definitely counts. How do you vote today?
It’s incredibly easy. Here’s how.
Step 1: Determine if you are eligible to vote.
To be able to vote, you must be at least 18 years old on election day and live in London. Polling stations are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.
You don’t have to be on the electoral roll or have a voter’s card, which some residents may have received in the mail.
Step 2: Find your voting location
The next step is figuring out where to vote. It will be a location close to where you live. The city has a tool here on their website. Just fill in your details and if you’re not listed as “registered to vote” that’s fine, don’t panic or assume you can’t vote.
Look below for a clickable link that says “Where Can I Vote?” and a polling station near you will be listed.
Search “Election Day Locations” below and it should list the Election Day location for your address. There’s probably a school, church, library, or community center near you. Now you know where to go.
Step 3: Go to the polling station with your ID
Now that you know where to go, all you have to do is show up – but don’t go empty-handed.
In order to be able to vote, you must prove your identity and your address. You must show ID or documents showing your name and address. You may need to show two forms of ID to do this.
Here is a full list of IDs and/or documents that work. It’s a long list.
Even documents like property tax records and utility bills are used to prove your address.
Click the Accessible Voting link here to find out how people with physical difficulties can get help from polling station staff or a friend with voting.