Voting is easier than you think
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Visit ElEctions Canada Website for more information & to register
How do I register?
- Online – elections.ca
- By phone – 1-800-463-6868
- In person – any Elections Canada office. Locations listed at elections.ca.
What do I do if I live in two places; one when I’m not in school, one when I am in school?
You can pick whichever place you consider home and register that address. You will vote for the candidate in the riding that you select. You will have to prove your address in that riding, when you go vote (see Voter ID section below).
What if I want to vote for my home riding, but I will be outside of it on Election Day?
- Vote early! You can vote now in person at your local Elections Canada office. This means you can vote for your candidate at home before you move away for school.
- Going home for Thanksgiving? You can vote at the Advance Polls in your home riding if you register with that address (see Voting Dates below).
- Go in person to any Elections Canada office (there may be one on your campus!) with your ID (see Voter ID) and complete a Special Ballot.
- Apply for a Special Ballot online. Elections Canada will mail you a voting kit, with everything you need to vote by mail. Check it out and apply here.
What kind of ID do I need in order to vote?
In order to vote, you need documentation to prove two things; your personal identity and your address. ONE government issued document with your photo, name and current address (ex. Driver’s license or Provincial/Territorial ID Card), is the first option. Another option is to show TWO pieces of ID; ONE with your name and a SECOND with your name and your registered address.
What can I use as personal identification?
Any of the following documents may be used, if you also bring a second document that includes your name and registered address. Full list of acceptable documents at elections.ca
- Student ID
- Public Transportation Card
- Debit Card
- Social Insurance Card
- Health Card
What can I use to prove my address?
Any of the following documents which include both your name and registered address may be used, when you also bring a second document with your name. Full list of acceptable documents at elections.ca
*You are able to use electronic invoices or statements! You can show an e-bill on your cellphone!
- Bank Statement
- Utility Bill
- Letter of Confirmation of Residence
- Correspondence from a school, college or university
Where do I go to vote?
- A Voter Information Card will be mailed to you at the address that you register to vote with. The location of the polling station assigned to you will be listed on this card. It will include both the location of the Election Day polling station, as well as the Advance Polls polling station.
** Didn't get a Voter Info card?! You can still vote! Just head to an Elections Canada Office or the Polling Station with proof of your identity and address. Find the locations closest to you by entering in your postal code at elections.ca
- Any Elections Canada office between now and Election Day! You can find out where your local office(s) are by going to elections.ca and entering your postal code.
When can I vote?
- Any time now! You can go into any Elections Canada Office and vote now. You can find out where your local office(s) are by going to elections.ca and entering your postal code.
- Advance Poll Days – October 9, 10, 11, 12. Polls will be open from noon to 8pm. You can find the location of your poll on your Voter Information Card, or by searching your postal code at elections.ca
- Election Day – October 19. Polls will be open for 12 hours. You can find the location of your poll on your Voter Information Card, or by searching your postal code at elections.ca