With Canada’s 2019 election day now in full swing, Toronto voters are headed to the polls come rain or shine to cast their ballots. Yet, some Torontonians were forced to vote in the dark on Monday morning after a widespread power outage shut down a large chunk of Queen Street East. The Election Day blackout started just before 10:00 a.m. with power not being restored in the area until around 11:15 a.m.

The lack of power was no joke, at one-point Toronto Hydro outage map revealed that as many as 5,000 customers were without power. "We're aware of an outage affecting approx. One thousand customers in the following boundaries: Queen St. East south to Lakeshore Blvd. and Broadview Ave. East to Victoria Park. Crews are on-site investigating, and we'll provide more information once it's available," the city’s electric utility wrote on Twitter.

The power issue stretched along Queen Street East from Riverside to the Beaches. So far, there has been no confirmation on what exactly caused the outage. It was reported by 680 News, that at least one polling station, in the area of Queen Street and Jones Avenue, was forced to operate entirely in the dark, not that it stopped anyone. 

“A power outage in Toronto-Danforth means voters at a polling station near Queen/Jones are casting ballots in the dark. Elections Canada staff are using flashlights to check names on the voter's list. Process still moving smoothly,” reported Kevin Meisner of 680 News.

While voters in the Danforth area pushed through obstacles to cast their votes, #TrudeaulessTuesday began trending on Twitter this morning, as voters started sharing their reasons why they are not voting for Trudeau this year. The candidate's supporters immediately began firing back at the hashtag, sharing their views on why they think a Trudeauless Tuesday would be a step backward for Canada.

Conservative leader Candidate Andrew Scheer also faced backlash on Monday after an intense morning interview. Scheer was called on live television for running a “dirty campaign” against his fellow candidates.

However, despite the inconveniences, Canadians are still out there voting today! 


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