Wanna vote? You can vote if you:
1) What identification do I need in order to vote?
To vote, you must prove your identity and address. You have three options:
OPTION 1: Show one original piece of identification with your photo, name and address. It must be issued by a government agency.
OPTION 2: Show two original pieces of authorized identification. Both pieces must have your name and one must also have your address
Original documents (with name and address)
Take an oath and have an elector who knows you vouch for you. This person must have authorized identification and be from the same polling division as you. This person can only vouch for one person.
Examples: a neighbour, your roommate.
For more information on identification and vouching rules, contact Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
Provincially contact your Provincial Elections organization
2) Am I registered to vote?
Most eligible voters are already registered to vote in the National Register of Electors, (the Register) a database of qualified Canadian electors. Elections Canada continually updates the Register using information from income tax forms, citizenship applications, drivers license records, provincial permanent voters lists and other sources.
So basically if you have a driver’s license or pay taxes you are registered to vote.
To check if you are registered federally, call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
For provincial registration each province has a slightly different registration system. Contact your provincial elections organization.
3) How do I register to vote?
During an election, if you are not already on the voters list you can still register on election day if you prove your identity and address.
You can also register in person on any of the advance voting days, which are announced during the election.
You can register to vote at anytime during or outside of a federal election by calling 1-800-INFO VOTE . http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=cont&lang=e
Provincially you can register through your provincial elections organization.
Although you can always register when you vote, the process is a lot faster if you are registered ahead of time!
4) What happens if you live on or off campus as a post secondary student?
During an election, you may find yourself living away from your family’s home. You may wish to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while attending college or university or you may want to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while not attending school.
You are given the opportunity to decide which residence you consider to be your principal residence. Regardless of which residential address you choose, all voting options, including voting by special ballot, are available to you. The address you vote with must be displayed on your ID at registration.
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Also check out Elections Canada’s FAQs for votes page here http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=faq&document=index&lang=e
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