Advance voting for the federal election begins today

Oct 11 2019, 4:40 pm

For those who are unable to make it the polls on the day of the federal election, advance polling has now opened right across the country, and will continue right through the Thanksgiving weekend and into the holiday Monday.

Voting stations are open from 9 am to 9 pm today through Monday (October 14), and a full list of locations is available on the Elections Canada website. Polls will also be open until 6 pm on October 15.

All Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old are eligible to vote, but must ensure they are registered to do so.

To make sure you’re on the list – or to register or update your address information, electors can visit Elections Canada online, visit any Elections Canada office across Canada, or call 1-800-463-6868.  The deadline to register by mail is October 15.

To vote, you must show proof of your identity and address. However, there are many different pieces of identification that can be used to do this.

And if you don’t possess any of these? You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).

Following the advance polling, election day is Monday, October 21.

Eric ZimmerEric Zimmer

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