Election Day is Here — Get Ready to Cast Your Ballot

After months of campaigning, dozens of news conferences, endless promises and an accidental soccer kick to the face, it all comes to an end today.

Voters head to the polls beginning at 8 a.m. to elect a school trustee and city councillor in their ward, as well as vote for one of four mayoral candidates — incumbent Mayor Sam Katz, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Rav Gill or Brad Gross.

Early voter turnout at advance polls set a new record this year with 29,216 people voting by last Friday. During the 2006 civic election, 15,447 people had voted at advance polling stations. The jump is attributed to a boost in voter interest this year, and more polling stations to handle the demand, such as at shopping centres and universities.

Polls close tonight at 8 p.m. Still don’t know who the candidates are in your area or where to vote? Find out here. If you didn’t receive a Voters Notice card in the mail, call 311.

Final advance poll results will be available on the city’s website by 8:20 p.m., with election day poll data starting to come in at around 8:45 p.m. Complete results will be available by 9:30 p.m.

Check out our Civic Election 2010 page for archived stories on campaign announcements from both of the front-running mayoral candidates.

ChrisD.ca will have a team of photographers and reporters spread out between campaign parties and will provide photos and reports from the field throughout the night.

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