All advance polls in Hamilton Centre byelection open Wednesday

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Published March 6, 2023 at 4:43 pm

Advance polls in the byelection that will send a new representative for downtown Hamilton to the Ontario legislature are opening in the middle of this week.

Officially, March 16 is election day in Hamilton Centre. But the riding’s electorate have four outlets for voting early in person either later this week, or through to the eve of the vote. The three advance polls will be open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (March 8-10).

The byelection was necessitated when current Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath formally resigned in August as the riding’s member of provincial parliament (MPP) in order to make her run for the top job in local municipal politics. The government had six months from that point to schedule the election.

The advance locations include:

  1. The Hamilton Centre returning office at the Centre on Barton shopping plaza (1211 Barton St. E unit D03). It is located next the Giant Tiger store, and is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 12 noon-5 p.m. on Sunday (March 12). It will close at 6 p.m. on March 15.
  2. The easternmost advance poll is at Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre (876 Cannon St. E.).
  3. In the downtown, an advance poll is open at the Central branch of the Hamilton Public Libary (55 York Blvd.).
  4. West of downtown, there is another advance poll at The First Unitarian Church of Hamilton (170 Dundurn St.).

As noted, all three advance polls are open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday of this week. Further information is available at voterinformationservice.elections.on.ca. At that website, you can enter your postal code and find the location of your election-day polling station.

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The race has drawn 10 candidates from seven parties, listed here alphabetically by surname (as they would appear on a ballot).

  • Peter House, Electoral Reform Party
  • Lucia Iannantuono, Green Party of Ontario
  • Sarah Jama, Ontario New Democratic Party
  • Matthew Lingard, Independent candidate
  • Deirdre Pike, Ontario Liberal Party
  • Mark Snow, Libertarian
  • John Turmel, Independent candidate
  • Lee Weiss Vassor, New Blue party
  • Pete Wiesner, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
  • Nathalie Xian Yi Yan, Independent candidate

Hamilton had a municipal election in October, in the wake of the Ontario election (June 2022) and federal election (September 2021) within the previous 14 months. But the earliest that the entire city will face going to the polls may not occur until 2025. The federal Liberal Party of Canada government helmed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have a confidence supply agreement with the New Democrats that calls for the latter to support bills in Parliament until that time.

The other two levels of government have fixed election dates. Their next cycle is in 2026.

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