Vote in advance polls, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through May 30, featuring new technology

North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan explains the requirements of voting at the advance poll at the North Dundas municipal office — one of several in the district — open daily until 8 p.m. through Wednesday, May 30.

STORMONT- DUNDAS-SOUTH-GLENGARRY — Election Day may be June 7, but advance voting for the 2018 provincial election is well underway for those eager to exercise their franchise.

Local advance polls opened yesterday and are available to eligible voters, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day through this Wednesday, May 30, at several locations. The voting sites outside of Cornwall include North Dundas Township’s municipal headquarters at 636 St. Lawrence st., Winchester; the Moose Creek fire hall at 60 Sabourin St., North Stormont; and the Glengarry Outreach Seniors’ Services at 20 Victoria St., South Glengarry.

Even after the advance vote concludes, voters can still choose to vote early, right up until June 6, at each riding’s main returning office (located at 1400 Vincent Massey Drive, Cornwall, in the case of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.)

Elections Ontario is also highlighting new technology deployed at advance polls across the province:  electronic poll books (e-Poll books) and vote tabulators.

Election officials use the e-Poll books to strike voters names from the Voters List, while voters use the vote tabulators to cast their ballots, delivering faster and improved service to Ontario’s electors, according to the provincial elections overseer. “Elections Ontario is building modern services for modern voters, in a measured and principled way. We are introducing technology in the polls at advance voting locations across the province for the first time in a general election to offer electors a better voting experience,” says Greg Essensa, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer.

You’re a little less likely to see all of that new tech on Voting Day, June 7, with about 50 percent of polls still slated to be counted the old-fashioned way on the big day. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 7.

Voters are reminded to bring their Voter Information Cards and one piece of identification to vote. Voting location information is also available at www.elections.on.ca. Canadian citizens residing in Ontario and at least 18 years of age on election day are eligible to vote. A list of acceptable identification documents, along with information about when and where to vote, is also available at the website.

“If you don’t have your voter information card, it’s OK. You can still vote with your [regular] I.D.,” says North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan in a recent Facebook video promoting the Winchester voting site.

Below, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan explains the process outside the advance poll in Winchester, earlier this weekend.