Carin and I just got back from doing the voting at the local returning office thing for the first time. We missed the advanced polling days and voting on election day as a blind person in our experience nearly never ends well, so returning office it was.
The process is easy. Just go in, tell them that you want to vote, show some ID, fill out a couple of short forms, mark your ballot, say good day and leave. Really, it’s as simple as that.Here’s all the info you’ll need about what counts for ID, where and how to vote, ETC.
If you want to take advantage of the returning office like we did, you’d better hurry. Voting is only available there until tonight. You miss that, May 2nd becomes pretty much your only choice. If you’re in Guelph, the office is located at 666 Woolwich Street, which is the Root Plaza. If you have questions, give them a call at 1 866 238-7101.
We asked about when the country is going to get itself together and be as with it as the city of Guelph and now the Province of Ontario when it comes to providing accessible voting options, but there was no good answer to be had, unfortunately. You’d think that something with the resources of the entire country would be well equipped to beat a city of 140000 people out of the gate on this, but no, you would be thinking incorrectly. Very, very sad. If anybody has any info on what if anything is going on, please pass it our way.
I could be wrong, but I’m getting the feeling that voter turnout might actually go up this time around. All I’ve been hearing about are how busy the advanced polls were, how busy our returning office has been, and about students across the country getting into the voting spirit through the mobs and such. Here’s hoping that the momentum carries straight through election day and beyond. Right now there are people all over the world fighting and dying for the right to become as sick of voting as we are. If that doesn’t say something about how important voting is, then I don’t know what else to tell you.