Unsure if you can vote? You're not alone

Local candidates trying to get the message out in the waning days of campaign

Unsure if you can vote in this municipal election? Apparently you’re not alone.

In a mass email sent yesterday, council candidate Josh Matlow said he’s been noticing a disturbing trend of residents who mistakenly believe they are ineligible to vote, and therefore weren’t planning on exercising their democratic right on Oct. 25.

“Despite attempts by Toronto Elections[/url] to inform the public about the election process, it seems that there is a lack of awareness amongst a large segment of eligible voters that they can cast their ballot with proof of residence (lease agreement, addressed mail, etc.) and a piece of identification that contains a name and signature,” read Matlow’s email.

Matlow said he’d noticed this misunderstanding was especially prevalent among younger constituents, tenants and those who have recently been granted Canadian citizenship.

“Just last night, a young tenant who had recently moved to Toronto from Sarnia, expressed her dismay that while she had been following the election intently, and cared deeply about her new city, she believed she was unable to vote,” Matlow wrote.

You can vote in Toronto’s municipal election if you are:

a Canadian citizen, and
at least 18 years old, and
a resident of the City of Toronto, or
a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the City of Toronto, or their spouse, and
not prohibited from voting under any law.

[list][*][*][*][*][/list]Matlow said his team was doing what they could to get the word out about voting.

Chris Sellors supporters were apparently out doing the same just two days before the election. Tenants in a highrise building near Yonge and St.Clair received a postcard-sized ad from the campaign indicating which voting station tenants could attend on Oct. 25.

Sellors and Matlow are both vying for the Ward 22 St. Paul’s council seat.

For all election-related information, including voter eligibility, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/elections/[/url].


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By: Town Crier Staff
Posted: Oct 24 2010 1:33 am
Filed in: NEWS
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