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Here's what you need to know about the municipal election

Orillia's ward boundaries have changed since the last election
The boundaries of Orillia's wards changed recently. Make sure you double-check the map to see where you vote.

The municipal election is just 34 days away.

While the candidates are busy knocking on doors, it’s important for all citizens to not only do their homework before casting their ballots, but to make sure they know the relevant information about voting.

Orillia is broken up into four wards when it comes to municipal elections and the boundaries of those quadrants were recently shifted. Check out the diagram above of the new-look wards to make sure you know which ward is yours!

While Oct. 22 is Election Day, there will be several opportunities to vote earlier. Advance polls are available at the Orillia City Centre, located at 50 Andrew St. S. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 from noon to 8 p.m.;
  • Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 from noon to 8 p.m.

If you prefer to wait until Oct. 22, this is where you can cast your ballots, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the following locations:

  • Ward 1: 24 James St. E. (Masonic Building)
  • Ward 2: 50 Andrew St. S (Orillia City Centre)
  • Ward 3: 100 University Ave. (Rotary Place)
  • Ward 4: 15 Commerce Rd. (Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School)

To help you meet the candidates running in Orillia's municipal election, OrilliaMatters will profile each candidate. We start with Ward 1 candidate Ken Abbott today. Profiles will run, by ward, in alphabetical order, on subsequent days, followed by mayoral candidates.

If you would like to get a better handle on the candidates, there are all-candidates ward meetings being hosted by the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce. Each will be held at the Orillia City Centre and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Ward 1 forum will be held Sept 25.

The Ward 2 all-candidates meeting will be held Sept 26.

If you live in Ward 3 and want to see the candidates in action, a forum is planned for Sept. 27

The Ward 4 meeting is slated for Oct. 2.

Incumbent Mayor Steve Clarke and challenger Gord Launchbury will face off Oct 3. Also on that night, candidates for school board trustees will be queried.

During the all-candidates meetings, candidates will answer questions from the media, the chamber and the Lakelands Association of Realtors.