Are you sure you are registered to vote? Lost on where to start? Check out our quick guide below and get ready to vote with these 6 easy steps:
1. Make sure you are registered
Visit elections.ca to find out if you are on the voters list. If you aren’t you can add your name.
2. Look for your voter information card in the mail
A few weeks before election day you’ll receive a card that confirms that you are registered to vote, provides information on where to vote and the dates and locations for advance polls. If you don’t get this card, you can register with your local returning officer (listed at elections.ca).
3. Choose how you want to vote
- On Election day: October 19
The voter information card mailed to you will tell you where to vote.
- At advance poll: October 9-12
Note: locations are limited.
- At Elections Canada’s UBC Office:
October 5-8, SUB Ballroom
- At any Elections Canada office:
by October 13, 6pm
- By mail: Apply by October 13, 6pm
You have to apply at elections.ca well in advance, so don’t wait too long.
4. Learn about the candidates in your riding
Visit elections.ca to find out who are running in your electoral district.
In the Vancouver Quadra riding? Come to Meet the Candidates (hosted by the GSS):
October 7, 5:30-7:30pm
GSS Loft (Rm. 4202 at the Nest)
5. Mark it on the calendar
Most people say they vote, but participation has dropped to just 58% in 2008, the lowest level ever recorded. Many people intend to vote, but wind up missing out because of last-minute scheduling issues. Don’t miss your only opportunity to shape the next five years of national government. Plan ahead.
6. Check that you have the right identification
This is critically important because of recent changes. You must bring government-issued ID like a driver’s licence or provincial ID card.
If you haven’t got those, you must show two pieces of ID where one has your current address – passport, birth certificate, band membership card, credit card statement, bank statement, utility bill, student ID card, etc.
If you only have ID without your address, be prepared to have someone who does have the right ID swear an oath attesting to your identity.
More information about this can be found at elections.ca.
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