Technical data

Voting time extended at 27 polling stations across Ontario, delaying some riding results

Elections Ontario said Thursday night that voting was extended at 27 polling places and up to two hours in one riding.

Due to Elections Ontario rules, CBC will not be able to report results in 19 affected ridings when most polls close at 9 p.m. ET. Some polling stations will only remain open for an additional 10 minutes, while in Kiiwetinoong North Constituency, one polling station will now be open until 11 p.m.

For a full list, see the bottom of this story.

It’s impossible to say whether the delays will slow the appeal of who won the election.

Meanwhile, reports of technical issues at some polling stations slowed during the day, but Elections Ontario remains tight-lipped about what exactly happened and how many people might have been affected.

Around noon, Ottawa-Vanier returning officer Rachelle Crete told CBC News that several polling stations had to convert to ballots due to technical issues.

She said she was told technical issues were happening across the province. Either way, Crete said “everything should go smoothly all the same”.

Elections Ontario released minimal information about the issues. Around 10 a.m., he said he was aware of the reported issues and was working on a solution.

In a statement around 12:30 p.m., spokesman Ebru Ozdemir Erol said, “There are no technical issues affecting the voting process.”

Most polling stations will be open until 9 p.m.

Voters must bring with them official identification and their registration cards. If you do not have a registration card, you must bring identification with your name and address to the polling station assigned to you.

Voters weren’t the only ones who encountered technology issues on Thursday.

For at least five hours, the Elections Ontario portal that parties rely on to guide their get-out-the-vote campaigns was down.

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Lack of data is a ‘massive’ campaign disruption for some

Around 2:30 p.m., Elections Ontario said it had resolved the issue, which saw no voter information data passed to political parties for much of Thursday morning after the polls opened.

The problem did not affect voters at the polls, but rather the information passed to parties to let them know who voted and who did not, known as “striped data”.

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This data is used by parties to determine who they should try to get to the polls.

“The connectivity issue has been resolved and the crossed out data is now automatically updated,” said Elections Ontario spokesperson Nicole Taylor.

“Elections Ontario worked diligently with our telecommunications provider to resolve this issue quickly.”

Several parties told The Canadian Press that they received an update Thursday morning, but that there were supposed to be batches of voter information sent out automatically every 15 minutes.

The data did not start circulating until shortly after 2 p.m., although parties were still able to collect this information by hand at polling stations.

Although not all parties have been affected by the lack of information, it can make a big difference in some campaigns where the margin of victory comes down to a few hundred votes or less, said Maureen Balsillie, who manages the Matt Richter’s Green Party campaign in Parry Sound. .

Balsillie said the lack of data was “a massive disruption to our processes”.

A poll clerk puts up a sign directing voters to a polling station in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday. (Eduardo Lima/The Canadian Press)

Changes of polling station

Also on Thursday, Elections Ontario announced that some polling stations in central Toronto, Mississauga East-Cooksville and several Ottawa-area ridings would be moving.

Here is a list of polling stations that have changed locations:

  • 1001 Bay Street and 887 Bay Street have been moved to the YMCA Metro Central at 20 Grosvenor Street.

  • 473 Yonge Street was moved to the Toronto Metropolitan University Student Center at 55 Gould Street.

  • 486 Paisley Boulevard was moved to Cashmere Avenue Public School at 3455 Cashmere Avenue.

  • The ballot from St. Monica’s School in Nepean has been moved to the Metropolitan Bible Church at 2176 Prince of Wales Dr.

  • Voting from Sacred Heart High School in Carleton has been moved to the Johnny Leroux Arena at 10 Warner-Colpitts Lane.

  • Voting from Merivale High School has been moved to Omer-Deslauriers Public High School at 159 Chesterton Drive.

Elections Ontario advises people to verify their polling place by researching their postal code in advance on the Elections Ontario website or app.

Despite the reduced number of polling places this year compared to 2018, Elections Ontario spokesperson Jo Langham said the process of voting on Election Day should be “quicker and easier” now.

“We don’t expect people to run into lineups,” Langham told CBC Radio. Subway morning Thursday.

Voters walk to cast their ballots for the Ontario provincial election at the Vaughan-Woodbridge polling station in Woodbridge, Ont., on Thursday. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press)

Langham said the “technology-enabled” polling stations, along with larger venues for physical distancing, will allow voters to vote faster than previous elections.

The new bank teller model adopted by Elections Ontario – which allows the next voter to go to the free poll instead of waiting for the person designated to cast their ballot – will also help get voters in and out as quickly as possible. , Langham said.

Elections Ontario said more than one million people voted at advance polls last month and also noted a sharp increase in mail-in ballots requested compared to the 2018 election.

Voting kits were mailed to 126,135 eligible voters this time around, compared to 15,202 ballots in the last election.

Here’s a full list of delays at polling stations on Thursday night, with their updated closing times:

  • Algoma-Manitoulin, Suite 004: 11:00 p.m.
  • Brantford—Brant, Suite 008: 9:10 p.m.
  • Cambridge, Poll 026: 9:15 p.m.
  • Don Valley West, Sounding 023: 9:15 p.m.
  • Etobicoke Centre, Suite 411: 9:30 p.m.
  • Etobicoke Centre, Suite 412: 9:30 p.m.
  • Flamborough—Glanbrook, poll 003: 10:45 p.m.
  • Mississauga East—Cooksville, Suite 020: 9:25 p.m.
  • Mississauga East—Cooksville, Suite 028: 9:26 p.m.
  • Mississauga—Lakeshore, Suite 021: 9:40 p.m.
  • Mississauga—Lakeshore, Suite 023: 9:25 p.m.
  • Oakville, poll 036: 9:30 p.m.
  • Ottawa—Vanier, Poll 018: 9:24 p.m.
  • Parry Sound—Muskoka, Sounding 052: 9:10 p.m.
  • Parry Sound—Muskoka, Suite 030: 9:30 p.m.
  • Perth—Wellington, Survey 017: 10:20 p.m.
  • Sarnia—Lambton, Suite 011: 9:30 p.m.
  • North Simcoe, Hole 024: 9:38 p.m.
  • Thunder Bay—Atikokan, Suite 055: 9:45 p.m.
  • University—Rosedale, Suite 017: 9:30 p.m.
  • University—Rosedale, Suite 021: 9:40 p.m.
  • University—Rosedale: Survey 022: 9:55 p.m.
  • University—Rosedale, Suite 027: 9:30 p.m.
  • Whitby, Sounding 009: 9:10 p.m.
  • York Centre, Suite 013: 9:20 p.m.
  • Kiiwetinoong, poll 019: 11 p.m.
  • Kiiwetinoong, Poll 028, 9:30 p.m.