E-day is finally here. After months of campaign promises, election signs, and piles of candidate flyers arriving at your door, it finally comes to an end. Here’s what you need to know before heading to the polls

Where & When to Vote

Polls are open Monday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can vote at any designated polling station within your ward. If you’re not sure what ward you live in you can find out here.

What you need to bring with you

If you received a voter card in the mail bring that with you. If you didn’t receive a voter card you’ll need to bring a valid piece of ID — a drivers license, passport, a health card with a photo, or any piece of ID on this list.

What ward do I live in?

Brampton is broken up into 10 wards grouped together in twos — 1/5, 2/6, 3/4, 7/8 and 9/10. On the city’s website, you can enter your postal code to find out what ward you live in, check it out here

Who are my candidates?

When you head to the polls on Oct 22, you’ll be voting for four different people — a mayor, a city councilor, a regional councillor, and a school board trustee. We explain the difference between a city councillor and a regional councillor here. You can find a full list of the candidates in your ward here. Most candidates have websites, or if you’re looking for a Coles Notes version of their policies we recommend checking out their Twitter feeds and other social media to see what they’re posting about.

Does it matter if I vote?

Of course it does! In 2014 Brampton’s voter turnout was only 36% which is low. Brampton City Council decides major things like your property taxes, community safety, arts and culture initiatives, building infrastructure, transit and other things. Brampton’s top two mayoral candidates — Linda Jeffrey and Patrick Brown — are neck and neck in polls, which means every vote will count in deciding who becomes mayor. Your vote truly matters.

For more information about the election, we recommend checking out the city’s website at www.brampton.ca/bramptonvotes.