The election to replace the seat vacated by Andrea Horwath has finally been called. The Elections Ontario web site https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html provides links to check your voter registration information, as well as polling locations, candidates and more.
- Ensure that you are on the voter registration list and that your information is correct.
- You will be able to vote in-person at advance polls or on election day at designated polling stations. Voter information cards will be mailed out to registered voters between February 28 – March 3.
- Polling location information for Advance polls and Election Day will be on the information cards or available on-line after February 24th.
- You can vote at the returning office until March 15th. – 1211 Barton St E (Next to the Giant Tiger on the north side of The Centre on Barton), Unit D-03, Hamilton, ON, L8H 2V4 Phone: 1-833-605-0744
- Vote by Mail is an option, application forms can be found on the Elections Ontario web site (see above)
- Vote by Home Visit is available to those who are unable to got to a poll due to disability; or cannot read or write; or are unable to complete an application form; or require assistance. Contact the Returning Office for assistance.
If you do not have a permanent address, you can still vote. The place where you have returned to most often to eat or sleep in the past five weeks is considered to be your address. The administrator of your shelter, food bank, or community health care facility that you use most often will provide you with a Certificate of Identity and Residence form.
Candidates as of February 17th
Lucia Iannantuono is running for the Green Party. Her campaign website says she is a hardware engineer who has been “active in Hamilton’s environmental movement.”
Sarah Jama was announced as the NDP’s candidate in the fall. She is a disability and housing activist, working as the executive director of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario and a member of the Hamilton Encampment Support Network.
Deirdre Pike is running for the Ontario Liberal Party. Having worked as a Senior Planner with the Social Planning and Research Council focusing on poverty, food insecurity and homelessness, Deirdre now runs her own equity consultancy and is an outreach program consultant for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. She is an occasional columnist with the Hamilton Spectator.
Pete Wiesner, a police sergeant, was recently announced as the Ontario Progressive Conservative party candidate. Wiesner has been an officer with the Hamilton Police Service for 22 years, and has been the supervising sergeant of the crisis response branch since 2019.
Nathalie Xian Yi Yan is running as an Independent. A resident of Hamilton since 2000, she is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine.