Voting is a simple and important right everyone has, but it can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Fear not, though, as we’ve broken down the seven easy steps to voting. If you’re a voting virgin, make sure to read the following blog to prepare for the big day!
Step 1: Make sure you’re registered
Don’t know if you’re registered? Check Elections.ca now. If and when you are registered, you’ll get a voter information card in the mail that tells you when and where to vote. If you live in two places — one while at school, the other while away from school — choose which one you consider home and use that address to register. You vote for a candidate in the riding where your home address is located.
Step 2: Watch for your voter information card in the mail
This should come by October 1. If it hasn’t, you may not be registered. Go to Elections.ca to check or call 1-800-463-6868!
Step 3: Check that you have the right ID
When you go and vote, you will need to provide valid ID. This can be done one of three ways: 1) Show one piece of government-issued ID with your photo, name and current address, 2) Show two pieces of ID (both must have your name and one must have your current address), or 3) Show two pieces of ID with your name and ask someone who knows you to attest to your address. Review the rules here.
Step 4: Choose one of the many ways to vote
In your home riding, you can vote on Election Day or on advance voting days. Home or away, you can vote by mail or at any Elections Canada office. Deadlines apply so check www.elections.ca for deets.
Step 5: Find out who the candidates are in your riding
Go to www.elections.ca and type in your postal code. From there you can find out more information about your riding!
Step 6: Mark your calendar with key dates
Click here to see all the important upcoming dates!
Step 7: Vote on October 19