Election day has finally arrived.
Toronto is electing a new mayor and council today, as are other communities in the GTA, but the race in Toronto has been one to watch, with plenty of drama, personal attacks and anger as John Tory, Doug Ford and Olivia Chow slug it out right to the end.
Polls open today at 10am and close tonight at 8pm.
If you’re not sure where to vote you can enter your address here for a list of the polling station in your area.
Voters are asked to bring their voter information card and a piece of identification with your name and qualifying Toronto address, like an Ontario driver’s licence, Health Card or pay stub.
If you don’t have a voter information card you should bring an approved piece of ID to your polling station along with proof of a qualifying Toronto address.
Voters who need transportation to polling stations can call 211 for help.
Doug Ford is releasing his donation list.
The councillor spoke at his campaign headquarters in Etobicoke, Sunday, to say he’s raised close to $300,000 in donations.
“In my short six-week campaign, we’ve raised almost $300,000 dollar,” he said. “The hardworking people of Toronto are giving what they can to get the message, to support my message, with $10 donations, $20 donations, $50 donations.”
“Unlike Mr. Tory, the vast majority of contributions to my campaign are less than $300.”
Ford is hoping to raise more money during the final push.
“It will probably be well under, probably, $800,000, in the total campaign,” he predicts.
In comparison, John Tory’s camp raised $2.5 million and Olivia Chow’s raised $1.7 million.
After receiving lots of criticism from candidate Olivia Chow, John Tory released the list of more than 5,000 names on Saturday morning, saying they raised a total of $2.48 million. He also held a press conference while picking pumpkins with his grandchildren at the Fairlawn Market.
“We went out and raised the money, I’m very gratified at the success we had raising money, including from lots of people who gave very small amounts,” Tory spoke, “We had people come into our office with ten dollars in cash.”
Forum Research has released some final polling numbers before today`s mayoral election and candidate John Tory is poised to take it all.
Of the nearly one thousand people polled 44% of them indicated they would vote for Tory; 32 percent would for Ford and 21% would vote for Olivia Chow.
These numbers are in line with previous polling showing Tory ahead of Ford by 12 points.
Before the Ontario Provincial Election, Forum Research released numbers indicating a slim Liberal majority