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: polls are open from 7:30am to 7:30pm on election day
    • Vote on advance polling days (you will have an assigned polling station open from 9:00am to 9:00pm on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the week before election day
    • Vote at any Elections Canada office (you can vote at these before the Tuesday before election day at 6:00pm) – you 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 you work all day on election day, your employer must ensure three hours off at some point during your shift.
  8. Language barriers won’t get in the way of voting: you are allowed to have an interpreter come with you to the polling station.
  9. Want to learn more about issues that matter to you? Visit www.PurpleVotes.ca


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