It’s Election Day

The single most important thing you can do for Niagara today is vote.

You can vote at any polling station in your ward, and all polling stations are open from 10am to 8pm.

If you did not receive your Voter Registration card, take one piece of identification with your photo and address on it and any other piece of identification or document with your address on it, and the staff at the polling station will get you all set up to vote.

If you have your Voter Registration card, but don’t have a ride, St. Catharines Transit offers free rides to vote.

Don’t know where your polling station is? Here’s a list, along with information about how many candidates for whom you can vote for each office.

Working all day and not sure if you can make it to the polls in time? Your employer is required to ensure that you have three hours available in your day to vote. Here’s the legislation:

Taking time off work to vote

You are entitled to 3 hours in which to vote on voting day. This does not mean you can take 3 hours off work. It means you’re allowed to be absent to give yourself 3 hours of voting time.

Typically this is at the start or end of your working hours. For example, voting hours are normally from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. If your working hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you are entitled to leave 1 hour early so that you would have from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to vote.

Your employer may decide when it would be most convenient for you to be absent in order to vote. For example, if you work from noon to 6 p.m., your employer may decide that you should come in at 1 p.m., rather than leave work at 5 p.m.

If you aren’t sure who’s running for the various elected offices, you can find a list of the St. Catharines candidates here.

Finally, if you’re doing some last-minute cramming with your candidate research, this might help for the St. Catharines candidates for Regional Council.

Most importantly, remember that you don’t have to use all of the votes you’re permitted to use. For instance, in St. Catharines, you can vote for up to six candidates to represent you at Regional Council. However, only voting for the candidates you feel are most worthy of your vote means the votes they receive carry more weight, i.e., you don’t water them down by voting for a few others who you don’t really want to win.

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