Hey York U Students: The polls are coming to you (and you, staff and neighbours)

14 Oct

York University may be outside of Vaughan’s borders (just barely), but Vaughan has long sent many a student to study there.

And this year marks the first time Vaughan residents who study or work at York University can cast a ballot for their municipal and regional reps there, too.

It’s actually the first time that you can cast your ballot for Vaughan outside of Vaughan (and, correct me if I’m wrong, but this may be a first for the province? It was a recommendation from the Democratic Taskforce).

But wait, there’s more: Any Vaughan resident who happens to be in the York U neighbourhood on Oct. 18 or 19 can cast a ballot there.

All you need is photo I.D (one piece of ID with your name, address and signature, for example your Ontario Driver’s Licence or two pieces of ID – the first with your name and signature, and the second with your name and Vaughan address. For example: A Canadian passport AND a Statement of Old Age Security) If you got a Voters Card in the mail, bring that too. (If you didn’t get one in the mail call the City Clerk’s office at 905-832-8504. Or you can check to see if you are on the list by going to the, “AM I ON THE VOTERS’ LIST” section on VaughanVotes website.

Here is the city’s press release on the subject:

CITY OF VAUGHAN HOLDS ADVANCE VOTE AT YORK UNIVERSITY

VAUGHAN, ON – Staff, faculty and students at York University who are residents of the City of Vaughan don’t have to wait until Election Day to cast their ballot. Voters will head to the polls across the province on Monday, October 25, however, Vaughan residents who attend the school or work there are encouraged to take advantage of Advance Voting opportunities.

The City has two Advance Voting Days at York University, Monday October 18 and Tuesday October 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The poll is located in the Bear Pit in Central Square.

Voting at York University will employ ‘ballot-on-demand’ technology to print the appropriate blank ballot according to the ward and school support shown on the Voters’ List. Though back-up ballots will be on hand, ‘ballot-on-demand’ will produce the correct ballot from among the 25 different ballot faces in use for the election.

The City of Vaughan has also developed the ‘This is Your Space’ promotional campaign. It reminds voters that by simply filling in voting spaces on their ballots they are making choices that will shape the future of their community. Ballots in the 2010 election feature a red arrow pointing to the name of each candidate – the voter marks the ballot by filling in the space with the special pen provided. ‘This is Your Space’ is designed to encourage voters to come out and vote, and to inform them about election opportunities and procedures.

Ed. Note: I talked to the city’s communications team and they’ve confirmed that you actually don’t even need to know what ward you live in. Just bring your ID (and voter card if you have it) and mark your ballot.

But, just in case you wanna read up on your candidates (and, not to nag, but I think you should), here’s a Ward Map again!


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3 Responses to “Hey York U Students: The polls are coming to you (and you, staff and neighbours)”

  1. Illya Marchak October 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM #

    Awesome! Now I can vote while I’m at school. Whoever made the decision to have a station at York – good move.

    • vaughanelection October 15, 2010 at 3:24 PM #

      Thanks for your comment, Illya! I hope you and your fellow students do take advantage of the opportunity to vote right at school! – AD

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