The October 10th Election & Referendum

September 20, 2007
updated October 3, 2007

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Who Can Vote?

What Are My Rights?

Your Amount Of Time To Vote

Alternative Methods Of Voting

What is a Referendum?

First-Past-The-Post (FPTP)

Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)




Who Can Vote?

You may vote if, on Election Day, you are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A Canadian citizen
  • A resident of the electoral district in Ontario

If you fit these requirements, you should get a Notice of Registration card in the mail before the Election. If you haven’t, you may not be on the Voters List. To ensure you are on the list, call Elections Ontario toll-free at


What Are My Rights?

As a democracy, every citizen of Canada has a say in the selection of their leadership. The Ontario Elections Act ensures this. Your employer must allow you time to vote if you don’t have your own time during voting hours. Everyone is entitled to three consecutive hours to vote.



Your Amount Of Time To Vote…

  • Must be requested by the employee,
  • Must be at a convenient time to the employer, and,
  • Once requested by the employee, must be allowed by the employer



Alternative Methods Of Voting

Ontario’s Elections Act also has alternative methods of voting for those who read at a lower level. After taking an oath to verify their inability to vote in the standard manner, voters may choose to have a substitute voter fill out their ballet. They may choose to have:

  • A deputy returning officer: He or she will check the voter’s choice on the ballot privately and drop it in the ballot box.
  • A friend: A friend, spouse, sibling or even a tutor of the voter may fill out the voter’s ballot after taking an oath, promising never to share the contents of the ballot.

This election, citizens will also vote on a referendum.

What is a Referendum?

A referendum is a direct vote. Voters are asked to answer a question regarding a particular government proposal.

Voters will get two ballots. One is for choosing a candidate in the general election. The other is to choose your decision on the referendum question about keeping or changing the way we elect members of the provincial government (see below).

For more information and a brief video explaining the two choices, click on “Billy Ballot” at



First-Past-The-Post (FPTP):  Mixed Member Proportional (MMP):

The system currently used:

  • Ontario is divided into electoral districts

  • Instead of voting directly for the premier, citizens vote for the political party by voting for the candidate representing that party in their district

  • The person with the most votes, even if it isn't the majority, wins that district's seat

  • The party whose candidates won the most seats wins the election and the leader becomes Ontario's premier


 The system proposed by the citizens' assembly:
  • Combines proportional representation with first-past-the-post

  • Each voter has two votes; one for the party of their choice, and one for the candidate in their district of choice

  • The party vote determines how many seats each party gets. The candidate vote determines who wins the local riding seat, similar to today's elections except that the voter will now be able to vote for a local candidate of a different party without hurting the number of seats his or her party wins

  • Parties must win three percent of the vote to be eligible for seats


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