Where, When, and What Do You Need to Vote?

Where, When, and What Do You Need to Vote?

Canada's weeks-long federal election campaign has finally come to an end.

After days of promises and pledges it's time for you to have your say about who should lead our country into the future.

 Monday October 21st is election day in Canada and NEWSTALK 1010 is here to make sure you have everything you need to know in order to cast your ballot.

 Where and when do I vote?

 In Ontario, the polls are open from 9:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on election day.

 CLICK HERE https://www.elections.ca/scripts/vis/FindED?L=e&PAGEID=20 to find out where your polling station is

 What do I need to bring?

If you received a voter information card, bring that because it makes the process much easier. If you don’t have a voter information card you will need to bring something that confirms your identity and shows you address. A driver’s license checks both boxes. If you don’t have one you’ll need to bring two other pieces of ID. One has to show your address and both need to have your name. There are a long list of acceptable options. CLICK HERE https://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=id&document=index&lang=e to find out what works and what doesn’t.

How do I show all my friends on social media I voted?

Whatever you do, don’t take a selfie at the ballot box. Photography is banned when you are inside a polling station.

How come Andrew Scheer, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, and Jagmeet Singh don’t show up on my ballot?

You do not vote for Prime Minister. You are voting for a local MP. The leader of the party that sends the most members of Parliament to Ottawa usually becomes Prime Minister and forms government.

To find the list of candidates running in your riding CLICK HERE

https://www.elections.ca/scripts/vis/FindED?L=e&PAGEID=20

If I don’t like my options can I vote for none of the above?

Canadian voters do have the option of handing back a ballot without choosing a candidate. It counts as a rejected ballot and there were over 120, 000 of those in the 2015 federal election. Voter turnout was just under 70% in 2015 and rejected ballots made up fewer than 1% of all ballots cast.

What if I have to work?

Your employer owes you three consecutive hours off work while the polls are open in order to vote. That doesn’t necessarily mean you get to vote during the work day. If you finish work at 5 p.m. you have four and half hours to vote before the polls close at 9:30 p.m. in Ontario. If you aren’t off for a three hour window, your boss is allowed to decide when to give you time to vote.

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