What am I voting for?
This election is a federal election for your local Member of Parliament (MP). Most of the candidates will run as part of a “party”, usually made up of people with certain values and ideas. The party that has the most candidates win seats will usually form a government, and the leader of this party will become the Prime Minister of Canada. This means we are voting for who will represent your community on a national level, as well as who the leader of Canada will be.
Who do I vote for?
Picking what party best meets your needs can be tough. A good place to start is to read the platforms of Canada’s Federal Parties, so you can see who you agree with. Another way to choose the party that best represents you and your needs is to fill out a voting survey.
What do I need to vote?
Now that you have an idea of who you want to vote for, how do you actually vote? You will receive a “voter information card” that will let you know where to vote. Usually this is at a local school, recreation centre, or community space. You can also find out where to vote on the Elections Canada website.
What do I need to bring?
A driver’s license with your current address or any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address. Don’t have a card with your photo, name and current address on it? You can also bring two pieces of ID, both must have your name and at least one must have your current address. Here’s the list of acceptable IDs for this option.
If you don’t have ID, you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address.
How do I vote on voting day?
It might be easier to vote the day of, and especially if you want that election day experience. Here are some tips to help make the voting process less overwhelming for you:
- Vote with friends: Find friends who live in the same community as you so you have someone to hang out in the line with and support each other through the process. A friend with ID can also help you get registered to vote on the day of if you don’t have ID or forget it at home.
- Ask for time off to vote ahead of time: Your employer has to give you time off to vote on election day, but we know that may be anxiety-provoking to ask for. Asking to come into a shift later or leave earlier a week or so in advance helps gives everyone a heads up.
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