There are plenty of pandemic-related problems voters are trying to navigate on Election Day, from enough polling stations in certain locations to very long lineups.
If you still have to go out and vote today you might want to give yourself some extra time.
Elections Canada says there will be fewer polling stations in some ridings in the GTA due to pandemic restrictions – including significantly fewer stations in some specific ridings because of the inability of stations in places like public schools or apartment buildings. Many polling stations have been shifted to larger buildings with more booths.
Spadina-Fort York is one of the affected rides and 680 NEWS has learned that some voters there have had to deal with longer than usual lines. For some reporting they had to wait 90 minutes before being able to cast their vote.
Voters tell me it’s taking more than an hour to get to the front of the line at this polling place in the Distillery District. Everyone here is calm and patient. A person says that she wants him to bring water with him. more to come @680news #elxn44 #680 votes pic.twitter.com/sxvXDT5wIc
— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) September 20, 2021
680 NEWS Reporter Richard Southern lives in Toronto-St. Paul rides and says he was greeted by a long line when he went to vote on Monday.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen such long voting here in the last 20 or 30 years,” says Southern. “It went on, it was erected around the block, but it took me just over half an hour to join the line until I was able to vote.”
— Richard Southern (@richard680news) September 20, 2021
Toronto-St. Poles is a place where several smaller polling stations were combined into less large polling stations. Elections Canada estimated that rides with fewer polling stations should not result in longer wait times because those stations would be larger than in the previous year.
While going to vote it is recommended that people bring their voter information card and identity card along with proof of address. Masks are required at all polling stations and it is also recommended that people bring their own pencil or pen to mark their ballots.
680 NEWS With files from reporter Momin Qureshi