Make your voice count, vote in the municipal elections on Monday

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Advance polling in Mississauga was up by 30 percent and the trend across the GTA points to a high voter turnout because these elections really matter.

Voting day is Monday, October 22, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and here is what first time voters need to know before they can go out and cast their ballot.

You must be a Canadian citizen at least 18 years old and a resident of the city where you are voting, or a non-resident of the city where you or your spouse own or rent property; or not otherwise prohibited under the Municipal Elections Act.

In the 2018 municipal election, eligible voters will be electing the following: A mayor, ward councillors and school board trustees.

For the location of election day polls in Brampton visit: www.brampton.ca/EN/City-Hall/Election/Pages/Welcome.aspx.

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For the location of election day polls in Mississauga visit: www.mississaugavotes.ca.

For Toronto residents visit: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/election-resource-library/voting-places/.

You need to go with your ID along with your voter notification letter. If your name is on the Voters’ List, you will need to show one piece of identification that has your name and address on it in to receive a ballot. The voter notification letter is not acceptable identification. Acceptable Identification includes: An Ontario driver’s licence, an Ontario Photo Card, a cancelled personalized cheque, an insurance policy or statement or any other acceptable documents for voters: www.elections.on.ca/en.

The Voter’s Guide from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs gives information about voting in municipal and school board elections. Visit: www.mah.gov.on.ca.

This year many residents are deciding to give new faces a chance rather than go with the same incumbent who has been in place for decades.

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It is often said that incumbents have an advantage because of name recognition but the only way that can be changed is if voters give someone else a chance. -CINEWS

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