With one week left until the provincial election, Elections Ontario has announced that Canada Post is late in delivering 500,000 voter cards. These slips of paper tell people where, when and how to vote, and were supposed to be delivered by May 25, just in time for the opening of advance polls the next day.
“We rely on our partnership with Canada Post to deliver essential voter information on time,” Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa said in a statement. “We are clearly disappointed that we have not received the level of service that we have come to expect from our long-standing partner.”
The postal company experienced a "mechanized process failure" and had to process the batch of cards manually. It is currently investigating, but announced it has delivered 8.5 million other cards successfully.
In a statement to the Toronto Star, Canada Post said it still expects all voters will receive a card in time for the election on June 7.
The best news to come out of this is that voter cards are not required to vote, and any resident can cast their ballot by bringing in a piece of ID that shows their name and up-to-date residential address. People can vote in-person, by mail or home visit until June 6 and polls will open on June 7 from 9am to 9pm.