For the Toronto by-election in 2020, people in both York Centre and Toronto Centre are heading to the polls but the deadline to vote by mail is fast approaching.

If you'll be away during advanced polls or on election day, which is on October 26, you can vote by mail or in person at an Election Canada office. You can also do this method if you don't feel safe going out to polling stations.

If you're going to vote by mail, you have to apply for a special ballot kit right away so there's time for it to get to you and for you to send it back.

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October 26

deadline to vote by mail

You can apply online, by mail or by fax until the deadline on October 20 at 6:00 p.m. to get your ballot.

If you'll be away from your riding on election day, you have to return it to Elections Canada headquarters before October 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Otherwise, you can either send your ballot by mail or drop it off in-person at the local Elections Canada office before the polls close at 8:30 p.m. on October 26.

You can also vote by a special ballot process at an Elections Canada office in the riding but you have to apply by October 20 at 6:00 p.m. and submit your vote there by 8:30 p.m. on election day.

To be eligible to vote, you have to be a Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years old on election day and has lived in the riding since September 21.

Elections Canada is recommending that people who are self-isolating, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or been in close contact with someone who has the virus to vote by mail.

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