Blog – Mail-in Ballots 101

Blog – Mail-in Ballots 101

June 9th, 2014

So you’ve sent away a request for a Mail-in Special Ballot (a ballot for those unable to attend polling stations), and received it in the mail.  If you have not already received your Mail-in ballot, it is unfortunately too late to request one, but you are encouraged to vote on Thursday, June 12.

You’ve looked at the candidate’s platforms (if you haven’t, visit, and you are ready to vote.


In the Elections Ontario envelope, you should have received five important documents:

1) Write- in Special Ballot 
2) Secrecy Envelope
3) Elector Confirmation envelope
4) Return Envelope
5) List of Nominated Candidates (in your electoral district)
*If you are missing any documents, contact Elections Ontario immediately at 416-649-1046, or


Once you have confirmed that you have all the documentation, it’s time to vote.


STEP 1: Using the Write-in Special Ballot, write the name of the candidate you wish to vote for. Remember to print clearly. If two candidate’s names are the same, indicate the candidate’s political party as well.



STEP 2: Place your ballot into the Secrecy Envelope, and seal.



STEP 3: Place the Secrecy Envelope into the Elector Confirmation envelope, and seal.



STEP 4: Fill in the information located on the front of the Elector Confirmation envelope. If this is not completed and signed, your ballot will not be counted (which would be sad since you went to all this trouble to get a Special Ballot).



STEP 5: Place your filled-out Elector Confirmation envelope into the pre-addressed Return Envelope.


If you didn’t catch all the steps, this is what you are doing with the envelopes and documents:



STEP 6: Send your ballot. Your ballot must be received no later than Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET or 5:00 PM CT.



Congratulations on voting and ensuring that your voice is heard in the 2014 Provincial Election!



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