Election 2015 Advance Polls: What you need if you want to vote right now
DH Vancouver StaffSep 14, 2015 10:12 am
Since Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government called one of the longest election periods in Canadian history, we’ve got a long way to go until the federal election on October 19. That means still another month until Canadians will hit the general polling stations to decide the future of the country.
If you’ve been finding yourself wishing you could cast your vote early, well then there’s good news: you can vote right now, and you’ve got a few options.
If you’ll be outside of your riding on election day, or you just simply feel like it, you can cast your vote by mail. Apply before October 13 to be sent your special ballot voting kit. Voting through Her Majesty’s postal system? What a time to be alive!
There are more than 400 Elections Canada offices across the country, and they’re all open for early voting from now until October 13. Hours are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
New rules have changed how you can prove who you are at the voting station, so pay attention. The three options:
(1) Show one of these pieces of ID:
Provincial or Territorial ID
Any other government card with your photo, name, and current address
(2) Show two of these documents, at least one with your current address:
Certificate of Canadian citizenship
Social insurance number card
Indian status card
Band membership card
Card issued by an Inuit local authority
Canadian Forces identity card
Veterans Affairs health card
Old age security card
Medical clinic card
Label on a prescription container
Identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
Blood donor card
Student identity card
Public transportation card
Liquor identity card
Licence or card issued for fishing, trapping or hunting
Utility bill (e.g. electricity; water; telecommunications services including telephone, cable or satellite)
Credit union statement
Credit card statement
Government statement of benefits
Government cheque or cheque stub
Pension plan statement
Residential lease or sub-lease
Mortgage contract or statement
Income tax assessment
Property tax assessment or evaluation
Insurance certificate, policy or statement
Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
Targeted revision form from Elections Canada to residents of long-term care facilities
(3) If you ID doesn’t have your current address, take an oath:
Show two pieces of ID with your name, and have someone confirm that you are who you say you are.
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DH Vancouver Staff
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