In our riding of Perth-Wellington, there are eight candidates: Incumbent Randy Pettapiece of the Progressive Conservatives, Liberal Stewart Skinner, New Democrat Romayne Smith Fullerton, Chris Desjardins of the Green Party, the Family Coalition’s Irma Devries, Scott Marshall of the Libertarian Party, Robby Smink of the Freedom Party, independent candidate Matthew Murphy.
The riding was held by Liberal John Wilkinson for eight years up to the 2011 election when the Tories and Pettapiece took the riding in a surprise by just over 200 votes.
If provincial analysts are correct, today’s vote is expected to be another close one across the province, with the Liberals and PCs fighting to form what will likely be another minority government.
Here’s what you need to know before you cast your ballot:
Who can vote?
To be eligible, a person must be 18 years of age or older on election day, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario.
What to take:
When heading to the polls, voters should take identification that shows their name and address in the electoral district where they live.
Valid identification includes things like an Ontario driver's licence, utility bills or any document issued by the federal, provincial or municipal government.
A full list of acceptable documentation can be found at wemakevotingeasy.ca.
Notice of Registration cards were mailed out to voters. Election workers will ask for these, along with identification, before issuing a ballot.
Anyone who didn't receive a registration card or who is not on the voters list will need to provide proof of name and address, and must sign a declaration to obtain a ballot.
Where and when to vote:
Voting locations will be open for 12 hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
To find out where your poll is, call 1-888-ONT-VOTE (1-888-668-8683) or visit wemakevotingeasy.ca.
After the polls close unofficial results will be available on the Elections Ontario website. For more information on results reporting and official tabulation, visit wemakevotingeasy.ca.
Elections Ontario is a non-partisan Agency of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.