Elections Ontario says it’s aware of technical issues reported at some polling stations, but it’s unclear how many stations are facing system problems or when they might be resolved.

In Ottawa Vanier, where Rachelle Crete is the returning elections officer, she says several polling stations have had to convert to paper ballots.

She said she believes the technical issues are happening provincewide. Regardless, Crete said, “everything should go smoothly all the same.”

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Elections Ontario has released minimal information about the issues. Around 10 a.m., it said it was aware of the reported issues and was working on a solution.

In a statement around 12:30 p.m. spokesperson Ebru Ozdemir Erol said, “There are no technical issues that are impacting the voting process.”

Polls have officially opened in Ontario after a month-long election campaign that saw parties battle over the best approaches to affordability, health care and infrastructure.

Polling stations will be open across the province between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Voters must bring with them a form of official identification along with their registration cards. If you don’t have a registration card, you must bring one piece of ID with your name and address on it to your assigned polling station.

Voters weren’t the only ones who experienced technological issues Thursday.

For at least five hours, the Elections Ontario portal that parties rely on to guide their get-out-the-vote campaigns didn’t work.

Lack of data a ‘massive’ campaign disruption for some

By about 2:30 p.m., Elections Ontario said it had fixed the problem, which saw no voter information data flowing to political parties for much of Thursday morning after polls opened.

The issue didn’t affect voters at the polls, but rather the information that flows to parties to let them know who has or has not voted, which is known as “strike-off data.”

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