Election 2015: When, where and how to vote

You must prove your identity, address and go the voting place assigned for you on your voter information card.

Wondering about where and when to vote on Monday?

If you are registered to vote, you should have received your voter information card from Elections Canada in the mail earlier this month. The card lists your name, address, the riding in which you live, your voting place and the hours that the polling stations will be open on Oct. 19. It is not, however, considered proof of identification and, as a result, you must prove your identity when you show up to vote.

According to Elections Canada you must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older on election day, and able to prove your identity and address in order to vote in the federal election.

To prove your identity you must have photo ID and something with your current address printed on its such as a driver’s licence, a recent utility bill or a credit card statement. There is a full list of acceptable identification documents available at the Elections Canada website (elections.ca).

If your identification does not have your current address printed on it, you can swear an oath at the polling station but you must have a person with you to attest to your address. That person must be a registered voter in the same polling division and be able to prove their identity.

You can only vote at the assigned polling place listed on the voter information card.

With the dates for advance voting and voting by mail now past, your only option is to vote at your assigned polling place on Monday.

This year there has been a change to the times B.C. voters will be able to cast ballots.

Polling stations in this province will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, a change from the previous 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. voting window. The times will be different in other provinces. For example, in Ontario, the voting time be from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information about voting, go to the Elections Canada website at elections.ca.


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