Ontario 2022 election: Computer systems down at some polling stations as voting begins

Polls are open in Ontario from 9 am to 9 pm Check back here for live coverage throughout the day until there is a result. Our team of reporters and columnists will bring you the latest news and everything it means.

12:09 p.m. Eastern Time

Mike Schreiner casts his vote in Guelph

Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner in London, Ontario on June 1, 2022, one day before the Ontario provincial election.Nicole OSBORNE/The Canadian Press

Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner voted in Guelph this morning. The leaders of Ontario’s four major parties have cast their votes. The Green Party hopes to expand its one-seat caucus, won by Schreiner in Guelph four years ago, and has been eyeing a possible opening in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

– The Canadian Press

11:54 a.m. Eastern Time

Technical problems causing long waits at some polling stations

Karen Markle, a resident of Kemptville, Ontario, said that while she was able to vote early, her daughter had to wait about half an hour at her polling station in Kanata-Carleton in Ottawa. Technical problems at the polling station meant that she had to wait much longer than expected. Ms. Markle said that her daughter had to inform her employer that she would be late for work.

– Uday Rana, Ottawa

11:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Doug Ford votes in North Etobicoke

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford votes in Toronto on June 2, 2022.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Doug Ford voted in his Etobicoke North riding this morning. Polls have suggested that the Ford-led Progressive Conservatives are poised to form a second majority government.

11:21 a.m. Eastern Time

Steven Del Duca casts his vote at Vaughan-Woodbridge

Ontario Liberal Party leader Stephen Del Duca casts his ballot in Woodbridge, Ontario on June 2, 2022.Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press

Steven Del Duca voted in his Vaughan-Woodbridge race this morning. Mr Del Duca, who lost his seat in 2018, faces a seemingly close race in his own driving, although he says he intends to stay on as leader regardless of the outcome.

11:08 a.m. Eastern Time

What should I know about the main party leaders?

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford, who won a majority in 2018, is campaigning for re-election. He is expected to win his Etobicoke North riding for the second time.

Andrea Horwath is campaigning for the fourth time as leader of the NDP. Horwath, who participates in the Hamilton riding that she has had since 2004, declined to say on Tuesday whether she will remain as NDP leader if she fails to become prime minister.

This is Steven Del Duca’s first election campaign as a Liberal leader. Del Duca is in a close race in the Vaughan-Woodbridge riding, currently in the hands of Progressive Conservative Michael Tibollo.

Mike Schreiner is running for re-election in Guelph, a race he first won in 2018. This is Schreiner’s fifth election as leader of the Green Party.

11:01 a.m. Eastern Time

Computer systems may be down at several polling stations, according to complaints to Elections Ontario

I’m Uday Rana, a reporter for the Globe and Mail. I’m in the nation’s capital today, bringing you the top Election Day news and updates from the Ottawa region.

Elections Ontario confirmed to the Globe and Mail that they received complaints that computer systems were not working at several polling stations in the province on Election Day. A spokesperson said they were aware of the complaints and were monitoring the situation while trying to do what they could to resolve the issues. There were reports on social media that systems were down in Grimsby, Niagara, Brantford, Burke’s Falls and Kemptville. However, Elections Ontario did not confirm how many complaints were received or where they were reported.

In Ottawa, Elections Ontario said three polling stations had to be moved in areas affected by the May 21 storm. The electoral college of St. Monica School in the Nepean Riding was moved to the Metropolitan Bible Church. The Merivale Public School electoral college was changed to the École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers in the Ottawa West-Nepean. The Carleton Vote Center at Sacred Heart School was relocated to the Johnny Leroux Arena in Stittsville.

Shontal Cargill, a voter in the Brampton South Riding, said: “I went to vote at 9am at Churchville Public School in Brampton and was told the system is down.” Ms. Cargill said that she and many other voters at the polling station left without voting.

10:58 a.m. Eastern Time

Andrea Horwath votes in Hamilton

Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Andrea Horwath is assisted by an election staff member as she casts her ballot to vote in the provincial election, in Hamilton, Ontario, on June 2, 2022.NICK IWANYSHYN/Reuters

Andrea Horwath voted in her drive from Hamilton this morning. It could be her last election as NDP leader, as she is running for the prime minister’s office for the fourth time after her party made inroads in 2018 to form the official Opposition in the provincial parliament.

– With archives from The Canadian Press

10 a.m. Eastern Time

What are the key platform promises from PC, NDP, Liberals and Greens?

Read The Globe’s full election platform explainer to learn about the political commitments from each of the major parties on health care, the economy, transportation, the environment, education, housing, and elder care.

9:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Polls open on Election Day in Ontario

Polls are open in Ontario from 9 am to 9 pm Your polling place is assigned based on your address. Use the Ontario Elections website to find your polling place and the list of candidates in your riding.

Close calls during the 2018 Ontario election could tell us a lot about which key races to watch

More than a million people, about 9.92 percent of eligible voters, cast ballots in the early polls, according to Elections Ontario. The agency said it sent voting kits to 126,135 eligible residents, a sharp increase from 2018, when only 15,202 ballots were handed out that way. Voting kits must be received by 6:00 pm on Election Day and can be mailed or dropped off at a drop off location.

The provincial campaign saw parties fight for the best approaches to affordability, health care and infrastructure.

Polls have suggested that the Progressive Conservatives led by Doug Ford are poised to form a second majority government. Ford has campaigned heavily on his party’s promises to build roads and hospitals in Ontario, and other measures he has touted as creating jobs, and has had limited media availability in recent days.

The leaders of the New Democrats and the Liberals have been presenting themselves as the only alternative to Ford’s conservatives and have not said openly that they will work together on the case of a progressive conservative minority.

It could be the last election as NDP leader for Andrea Horwath, who is running for the prime minister’s office for the fourth time after her party made inroads in 2018 to form the official Opposition in the provincial parliament.

His party has proposed speeding up pharmaceutical and dental care plans for Ontarians, hiring more nurses and teachers, covering mental health and birth control, and raising the minimum wage to $20 in 2026.

Meanwhile, the Liberals hope to rebuild after a devastating defeat four years ago that saw their caucus reduced to just seven seats after spending more than a decade in government.

Leader Steven Del Duca, who lost his seat in 2018, also faces a seemingly close race in his own Vaughan-Woodbridge drive, although he says he intends to stay on as leader regardless of the outcome.

The liberal platform includes plans to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for school attendance, eliminate the provincial HST on prepared foods under $20, and raise the minimum wage to $16 an hour next year.

The Ontario Greens have proposed free mental health coverage, reaching net zero emissions by 2045 and protecting 30 percent of Ontario’s land and water by 2030.

That Mike Schreiner-led party hopes to expand its one-seat group, won by Schreiner in Guelph four years ago, and has been eyeing a potential opportunity in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

-With archives from The Canadian Press

How to vote in Ontario elections

Who can vote?

Anyone over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen, and a resident of Ontario is eligible to vote in the 2022 provincial election.

How do I vote?

Ontario residents can vote in person on Election Day (today, Thursday, June 2) from 9 am to 9 pm ET at their assigned polling place, based on their current residential address location.

How do I find my constituency and who is running in my riding?

Ontario residents can search for their electoral district entering your zip code on the Ontario Elections website. Each party’s website also has the latest information on the candidates in each riding.

What should I bring to the polling station?

Registered voters will need to bring identification with their name on it to the vote center. If you are not registered on the voter list, you will need to present identification showing your name and current residential address to vote. The Ontario Elections website provides a list of identification requirements for registered and unregistered voters.

How do I register to vote?

Ontarians can register to vote online through Elections Ontario’s Electronic record. Voters will need an ID that has their name and current residential address to register.

Information can be updated or confirmed through the electronic registration system for all voters, including:

  • Persons over 18 years of age, Canadian citizens and residents of Ontario;
  • Voters who are temporarily living outside of Ontario and intend to return to the province;
  • Youth ages 16 and 17 who want to be automatically added to the voter list when they turn 18.

How to follow The Globe coverage and view the Ontario election results

Bookmark The Globe’s election page for Ontario. Check out our guide to the Ontario elections and review each of the key promises from the party’s platform.


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