Byelection Underway in Scarborough Southwest to Elect New Toronto Councillor

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People enter a voting location on municipal election day in Toronto on Monday, October 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Today marks a pivotal moment for the residents of Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest, as they head to the polls in a byelection to elect a new city councillor. This follows the resignation of former councillor Gary Crawford, sparking a competitive race with 23 candidates vying for the council seat.

Background of the Byelection

The seat became vacant after Gary Crawford stepped down in July to run as a Progressive Conservative candidate in a provincial by-election in Scarborough-Guildwood. This provincial seat was itself vacated by Mitzie Hunter, who resigned to run for mayor.

People line up to vote in the advance polls for the federal election, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Voter Turnout and Polling Details

In preparation for today’s vote, 4,374 eligible voters participated in advance voting over the weekend. The polls opened at 10 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m., providing residents ample opportunity to cast their ballots.

Voting Requirements

To vote in this by-election, residents are required to present one piece of identification showing their name and address within the ward. The City of Toronto’s website offers comprehensive voter information, ensuring that residents are well-informed and equipped to participate in the democratic process.

The Significance of the Vote

Today’s vote is more than just an election for a new city councillor; it represents the democratic voice of the Scarborough Southwest community. With a substantial number of candidates, the byelection offers a diverse range of choices, reflecting the varied interests and concerns of the ward’s constituents.