The how to vote booklet contains information about voter qualifications, what to expect in the voting place, how to mark you ballot and declarations that you may need to use in order to receive your ballot. It is available in booklet form at every voting place during the advance vote and on election day and it is also available in Braille.

The How to Vote booklet is translated into 25 languages based on the Use of Languages, By-law #1176-2009 using data from the 2018 general election. The booklet is used in the voting place to assist people who may have difficulty understanding English.


You can vote in Toronto’s municipal election if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • a resident in the city of Toronto; or
  • a non-resident of Toronto, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the city; and
  • not prohibited from voting under any law.

You may only vote once in the City of Toronto municipal election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the City. You must vote in the ward where you live.

The election official will:

  • greet and direct you to where you need to go
  • ask for your identification showing your name and qualifying Toronto address
  • check your identification against the voters’ list, then cross your name off the list
  • put your ballot into a secrecy folder and show you how to mark your ballot
  • direct you to the voting screen

You will:

  • mark your ballot by filling in the oval to the right of the candidate of your choice.
  • vote once for each office on the ballot
    • If you make a mistake, or change your mind about who you want to vote for, take the ballot to the election official who will cancel your ballot and issue another one to you.
  • place your marked ballot in the secrecy folder and take it to the election official who will feed your ballot into the tabulator
    • If there is a problem with your ballot, the tabulator will return it. The election official will give you the option of obtaining a new ballot or having the tabulator accept the ballot as marked.
    • If you have any questions on how to properly mark
      the ballot, any of the election officials will be happy
      to explain it to you.
  • have successfully voted once your ballot is accepted by the tabulator

No. 1 – Declaration of Qualification

If someone questions your right to vote, you must swear a declaration of qualification – to ensure you are qualified. (see: Qualifications)

I, (state your name), declare I am a qualified voter and
I have not already voted in this election.

No. 2 – Declaration of Interpreter

If you require the assistance of an interpreter, you may ask anyone who is not a candidate or a scrutineer to act as your interpreter.

The interpreter must swear a declaration before providing assistance. They may not go behind the voting screen with you.

I, (state your name), declare I will truthfully translate any declaration, document or question put to the elector and the answer.

No. 3 – Declaration Friend of a Voter

If you cannot mark the ballot, you may ask a friend to assist you. The friend must swear a declaration. The person acting as a friend may go behind the voting screen with you. A person may act as a friend only once, except in nursing homes, or for family members.

I, (state your name), declare I will:

  • mark the ballot as directed by the voter
  • not try to influence the voter in making their choice
  • keep secret how the voter has voted

Identification showing your name and qualifying Toronto address. The voter information card cannot be used as identification.

View Acceptable Identification

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