What to know before you vote!

What to know before you vote:

  1. To vote, you must:
    1. Be at least 18 years old on election day
    2. Be a Canadian citizen
    3. Prove your identity and address (for example, you could use a power bill as proof of residence!)
  2. Be sure you are registered to vote at elections.ca – you can register online.
  3. You will receive your assigned polling station via mail – make sure your address is up to date at https://ereg.elections.ca/CWelcome.aspx
  4. You have multiple options to vote:
  • Vote on election day October 21, 2019: polls are open from 7:30am to 7:30pm on election day. 
  • Vote on advance polling days. To find your advance polling station, check your voter information card or use the Voter Information Service. Vote at your assigned polling station from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on: 
    • Friday, October 11
    • Saturday, October 12
    • Sunday, October 13
    • Monday, October 14
  • There are over 500 Elections Canada offices open across Canada. Vote at any one of them before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.mYou will vote using the special ballot process.
  • Vote by mail – if you live abroad, you can apply online to receive a special ballot voting kit after the election is called

When you vote, don’t forget to bring your photo ID (driver’s license, provincial ID or any other government card with your photo, name and current address) or two pieces of ID – government issued ID and a bill with your name and address on it.

Every vote matters: in the last federal election, some ridings were won by under 100 votes – 32% of eligible voters didn’t even cast a ballot.

Work won’t get in the way of voting: everyone is entitled by law to have at least three consecutive hours to vote on Election Day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off with pay to do so. For example, if you live in a riding where voting hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and you work from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. that day, your hours of work will not allow three consecutive hours for voting. To give you three consecutive hours to vote, your employer could allow you to arrive late, let you leave early, or give you three hours off at some point during the work day. As always, contact the MRC with any questions.

Language barriers won’t get in the way of voting: you are allowed to have an interpreter come with you to the polling station.

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