Have your say! A guide on how to vote in the 2015 federal election

Have your say

This guide provides important information that can help you find out where you can vote, how to register as a voter and what ID you will need.

1 Register online

In order to vote, you need to be on the voter’s list. Visit elections.ca to check, update or complete your registration online. You can also register in person on election day by filling out a form at your polling station, but it’s much easier to do it in advance.

2 Get the right ID

Even when you’re on the voter’s list, you still need to prove who you are and where you live.

You have three choices:

  1. Show one piece of government-issued ID with your photo, name and address, like a driver’s licence.
  2. Show two pieces of ID, one with your name and one with your name and address. You could use your health card and your bank statement, or your debit card and your phone bill.

    Get all your bills online? Print a copy or display it on your phone.

  3. Show two pieces of ID with your name and bring someone else who will attest to your address. If you don’t have any ID with your ad­dress on it, another member of your household or a neighbour can swear that you live where you say you live. That person has to have ID as de­scribed in A or B, has to be registered, and has to live in the same polling division as you (check the poll number on the back of your voter information cards to make sure they’re the same). They can only attest to the address of one person.

3 Find out where to vote

By October 1, you’ll receive a voter information card in the mail telling you where and when you can vote. You can also find this information online at elections.ca. Your polling station will usually be a short distance from where you live.

If you’re not going to be near your polling station on election day, that’s all right. You can vote at advance polls, at any Elections Canada office or by mail.

4 Vote!

The most common way to vote is to go to your polling station during the designated hours on election day.

Did you know that by law you’re entitled to three consecutive hours away from work to vote? If you’re working on election day, your employer might have to give you time off.

Thursday, September 17, 2015