Advance polls open early for voters

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2019

Canadian voters can begin casting their ballots this weekend, even though the federal election is still over a week away.

Expanding early voting opportunities is in direct response to a surge of advanced votes cast in previous elections.

Advance polls will take place on October 11, 12, 13 and 14 from 9 9 p.m. CASA has been running a Get Out The Vote campaign, and had previously told that turnout was expected to double.

If you're registered, you should have received a voter information card in the mail.

Anyone who doesn't have proper ID will be permitted to vote as long as they declare their identity and address in writing and have a polling station volunteer who they know, vouch for them.

To vote, people need to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and prove their identity and address.

Or, you can use Elections Canada's Voter Information Service.

Further details are available at the Elections Canada website.

When are advance polls open?

If you don't have one standard government issued photo ID (like a driver's license), you'll be asked to show two pieces of ID.

Hollick notes that while he's expecting a steady turn out for the coming four days, his office has been taking voters since the election was called last month.

You then fold your ballot and give it back to the voting officer who will put your ballot in the box.

Voters must bring identification that verifies their name and address. Election Day is October 21.

The country's top court ruled the restriction unconstitutional and the Canada Elections Act was subsequently amended to adjust for the change in Bill C-76.

The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. E.T. A total of 3.6 million people cast ballots in advance polls in Canada.

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