How to vote in the federal election

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There are many ways to cast your vote this election. To vote, you must be registered. If you&rsquo;re registered, you will get a voter information card by mail &mdash; it tells you when and where to vote. You should have received it by Oct. 1. You can also use the online Voter Information Service to find out where to vote.</p>

ON CAMPUS

WHEN: Oct. 5-8

WHERE: SCH Laurel Room, SLC 0106, MC 2036

What is the pilot project?

Elections Canada has developed a pilot project which will allow university students to cast a special vote for the riding they consider home. Most of these offices are set up on university campuses and allow students to cast a ballot for their home riding as opposed to the riding they live in for school. This pilot project spans over 40 university campuses all across Canada. The offices will be set up from Oct. 5 to 8. 

HOW TO VOTE

Students will need proper documentation to prove which riding they reside in. For this purpose, a driver’s licence or other provincial identification with the student’s permanent residence will suffice. Students will also need to have information about the candidate they wish to vote for in their home ridings. The students will cast their votes in a special ballot held on campus, which will then be sent to their home riding on election night to be counted. 

WHERE CAN STUDENTS VOTE?

Students can participate in the special ballot voting which will take place Oct. 5-8. Students can vote at three locations: South Campus Hall in the Laurel Room, Math and Computing building Room 2036, and at the Student Life Centre Room 0106. Local students can also vote at their local polling stations Oct. 19.

WHY THIS PILOT PROJECT?

According to Elections Canada, this initiative will help in increasing voter turnout. It targets students and those in the 18-35 age bracket because it has been observed that these groups have had a disproportionately low voter turnout in the past election. A hearty voter turnout is essential for the democratic process to function properly and it is essential that students cast their vote and use their democratic right to elect the best candidates. 

BY MAIL

WHEN: until Oct. 13

WHERE: Elections Canada offices

How to vote

If you will be away from your home riding during the election period, or if you find it more convenient, you can vote by mail. Apply early in order to allow time for your voting kit to reach you and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada by election day. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. EDT for anyone applying online or sending their application to Elections Canada in Ottawa. You can apply to vote by mail by visiting any Elections Canada office or mailing in an application form. Forms are available at any Elections Canada office or Canadian Embassy, high commission, or consulate, or by calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

ON ELECTION DAY

WHEN: Oct. 19

WHERE: Polling stations in your riding

How to vote

You can vote on Monday, Oct. 19. Polls are open for 12 hours. You must vote at your assigned polling location on election day. This can be found on the Elections Canada website.

ON ADVANCED VOTING DAYS

WHEN: Oct. 9 – 12

WHERE: Polling stations in your riding

How to vote

From Oct. 9 to 12, you can vote via an advanced poll. There are four advanced voting days. Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. Your voter information card tells you the address of your advanced polling place. You can also find it in the Voter Information Service on the elections Canada website. 

AT ELECTIONS CANADA OFFICES

WHEN: until Oct. 13

WHERE: Elections Canada offices

How to vote

If you find it more convenient, you can vote at any one of the 400 Elections Canada offices across Canada. Find the Elections Canada office nearest you and visit before the deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m., Offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Bring your proof of identity and address. When you vote at an Elections Canada office, you use a special ballot voting kit, containing a blank special ballot, a plain white inner envelope, an outer envelope that says your name and the name of your riding, and includes a place for you to sign a declaration, a return mailing envelope, and a flyer with instructions. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO VOTE

To vote you need to prove your name and current address. There are three ways of doing this:

– Show one piece of Government ID

– Driver’s licence or provincial card

(Note: a passport is not valid for this option)

Show two pieces of ID 

– Both must have your name and one must have your current address. This can include:

– A credit card (name only) and phone bill (name and address)

– A social insurance number (name only) and bank statement (name and address)

– Passport (name only) and lease (name and address) 

If your ID does not have your current address, take an oath 

– Show two pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address. This person must show proof of identity and address, be registered in the same polling division, and attest for only one person.

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