Sep 20, 2021
By Christine Ross
Voters in the Greater Toronto Area are facing longer lineups than usual to cast their ballots in the federal election.
There are fewer places to vote as Elections Canada says many schools and landlords of apartment buildings opted out during the fourth wave of the pandemic.
Many polling stations moved into larger buildings with more booths, but there are reports of some waiting as long as 90 minutes to cast a ballot.
Eleven GTA ridings saw a more than 50 per cent reduction in the number of polling stations this year compared to 2019 .
Toronto Centre saw the biggest cut with just 15 stations for election day. That’s down from 91 last election.
Elections Canada is asking voters to be patient as this is the first election amid a pandemic.
Polls are open until 9:30 p.m. Voters can still cast their ballot as long as they are in line when polls close.