By:  Monica Kucharski

You will soon receive a voter notification letter with all the voting locations in your ward, but you can also know now by clicking here:  www.mississaugavotes.com.  All voting locations and times have now been confirmed.

If you can’t make it to the polls on the actual election day (remember, Monday, October 22nd, right?), you can vote ahead of time.  Advance polls will be open at the Mississauga Civic Centre (city hall) on Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday Oct. 6.

If that weekend is taken up, there will be no less than 22 advance poll voting locations open on Saturday October 13 and Sunday, October 14.  You can cast your ballot anytime between 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

When you go to the voting location to get and cast your ballot, your name will be on the official Voters’ List.  However, just in case it’s not, make sure you have one piece of identification—and not just the Voter Notification Card you will receive in the mail.  This card cannot be used to identify you.

You’ll need to show an Ontario driver’s license, or an Ontario Photo Card, a cancelled personalized cheque, or any other document included on this list of acceptable documents for voter identification.

If you are a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, and a resident in the City of Mississauga (or you and your spouse own or rent property in the City), take advantage of the opportunity to have your say in who will be making all the important decisions about your neighbourhood, your city and the schools your kids go to—on any of the announced dates.

Oh, and the added bonus of venturing out to cast the ballot at your ward’s voting location?  Reconnecting with all the neighbours you haven’t seen in a while, or meeting new ones, and speculating about the winners!