Advance vote turnout for the 2023 by-election for mayor

2023 June 14

After six consecutive days, the advance vote period for Toronto’s by-election for mayor ended yesterday.

From Thursday, June 8 to Tuesday, June 13, 129,745 eligible voters attended one of 50 advance voting locations across the city to vote. This is a 11.9 per cent increase from the 115,911 voters who chose to vote during eight days of advance voting in the October 2022 general municipal election.

On June 13, 38,621 eligible voters cast their ballots, which is the highest single day of advance voting since amalgamation.

For this by-election, eligible voters were able to cast their ballot at any of the 50 advance voting locations between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. This convenient option is unique to the advance vote for this by-election because there is only one race and therefore only one ballot at all 50 locations. A map of the advance voting locations is available on the Toronto Elections Advance Vote web page .

On election day, Monday, June 26, 1,445 voting locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters are encouraged to visit MyVote  to:

  • Find out if they are on the voters’ list
  • Learn where and when to vote
  • View, download or print their Voter Information Card (if on the voters’ list)
  • Check the candidates running
  • Find accessibility information about their voting place
  • Review a sample of the ballot.

Eligible voters are reminded to bring identification that shows their name and qualifying Toronto address and their Voter Information Card (VIC) when they go to vote. If an eligible voter on the voters’ list does not receive a VIC by mail, they can visit MyVote  to print a VIC or download a digital copy to their smartphone, which can be shown at the voting location, along with acceptable identification. A VIC is not required to vote.

Eligible voters who are not on the voters’ list can add their name to the list at their voting location on election day. Voters can search their address using MyVote  to find their election day voting location.

Voter Information Card information is available on the Toronto Elections Voter Information Card webpage . A list of acceptable identification is available on the Toronto Elections Voter Information webpage .

Mail-in voting

Voters who applied to vote by mail are reminded that completed Mail-in Voting packages are due tomorrow, Thursday, June 15 at noon. At this time, the best option is to hand deliver packages to one of the secure yellow drop boxes located in each ward. Packages received after the deadline will not be counted. A map of drop box locations is available on the Toronto Elections mail-in voting drop box locations webpage .

Voters can track their package by using the confirmation code they received by email after completing their application on the Toronto Elections Mail-in Voting webpage .

Third party advertiser registration

The deadline to register as a third party advertiser is Friday, June 23. Individuals, corporations and trade unions who plan to spend money to promote, support or oppose a candidate in Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor must register as a third party advertiser.

Third party advertisers are strongly encouraged to use the appointment booking system to schedule a time to register. Appointments can be booked on the Toronto Elections webpage .

The Notice of Registration for third party advertisers must be filed in person at the Toronto Elections City Hall office, 100 Queen St. W., first floor. Registrations can be filed Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until June 23.

The City Clerk must certify the registration before a third party advertiser can spend money on their campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising. Registered third party advertisers must identify themselves on advertisements and comply with requirements under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Election images, b-roll and sample ballot are available on the City’s Media Room webpage .

A Fact Sheet about the 2023 by-election for Mayor is available on the City’s media room webpage .

Media are reminded that permission from the City Clerk is required to film at a voting location as per the City’s Media Attendance at a Voting Place Policy . To arrange, contact in advance.

More information about Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor is available on the Toronto Elections webpage .