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2019 Bencher Election - Voting Now Open

April 15, 2019

Voting is now open in the Law Society of Ontario’s bencher election. Forty-five individuals will be elected as benchers to sit in Convocation.
 
Information about the election, including access to the Voting Guide for information about the candidates, is available on the Law Society’s website at www.lso.ca/bencher-election-2019
 
The election is being conducted through online and telephone voting systems. Eligible voters, who are lawyers and paralegals whose licences on April 5, 2019 were not suspended, will have received voting instructions today, April 15, by email from Computershare, the company providing the voting website. The voting instructions include a control number required to access the voting website, where votes may be cast. It is possible that the email from Computershare may be blocked by your spam filters. Please check your email junk or spam folder this morning if you believe this has happened. In addition, voting instructions are also posted to all eligible voters’ Law Society Portal accounts.
 
Once voters access the election website through the link provided by Computershare or, they will be prompted to enter their control number to access the voting site. Once they are logged into the system, the list of candidates will be displayed and voters will be instructed on how to vote online. Voters using the telephone voting system will also be prompted to enter their control number and will then receive instructions on how to vote.
 
Lawyers vote for lawyer candidates and can cast 40 votes in total – 20 votes for candidates inside Toronto and 20 votes for candidates outside Toronto. Voters need not cast all 40 votes but the voting system will not permit voters to vote for more than 20 candidates in the section of ballot for inside Toronto and 20 candidates in the section of the ballot for outside of Toronto.
 
Paralegals vote for paralegal candidates and can cast 5 votes in total for candidates province-wide. Voters need not cast all 5 votes but the voting system will not permit voters to vote for more than 5 candidates
 
For online voting, voters select candidates by clicking the boxes next to the candidates’ names. Voters may only vote for a candidate once. Voters can submit their votes only once.
 
Once voters have made their selections, they will then be prompted to review their selections and make any changes they want prior to final submission of their votes. Once the votes are submitted, voters will receive a confirmation message that their votes have been submitted.
 
For telephone voting, voters select candidates by entering a unique two digit numerical code assigned to each candidate in the Voting Guide. Voters may only vote for a candidate once. Voters can submit their votes only once.
 
Once voters have made their selections, voters will then be prompted to review their selections and make any changes they want prior to final submission of their votes.
 
If you have not received your voting instructions, you must contact Computershare Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Lawyer should call 1-888-344-2805 or 514-982-2391. Paralegals should call 1-866-301-2518 or 1-514-982-8711 if outside Canada or the United States to receive this information to vote.  
 
Voting closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2019.