If you haven’t heard, Canadians are heading to the polls on Monday, September 20, to cast their vote in the 44th federal election! You might be thinking; am I eligible to vote? How can I vote? Who should I vote for?
This 2-part blog series will answer these questions and inform you about the upcoming federal election! For Part 1 of this blog series, we will tell you who is eligible to vote and how to vote!
Am I Eligible to Vote?
- A Canadian citizen?
- At least 18 years old on election day?
- Able to prove your identity and address?
If you answered “Yes” to all three of these questions, you can vote!
How Can I Vote?
The first thing you need to do is register to vote! In less than 2 minutes, you can register to vote on Elections Canada’s website.
Once you are registered, there are four ways you can vote:
Vote by Mail (Special Ballot)
Voting by mail is a great COVID-safe voting option. Not only is it COVID-safe, but if you are living away from home as a student, you can choose to use your Special Ballot to vote in your “home” riding instead of where you are living during school. If you want to vote by mail, you must request your ballot before Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00pm.
Vote at an Advance Poll
If you like the satisfying feeling of dropping the mic – or, in this case, the ballot – but you can’t make it to the polls to vote on election day, you can vote at your assigned advanced poll! The process for voting at an advanced poll is just as easy as on election day; it’s just earlier! Advance polls are available on:
- Friday, September 10
- Saturday, September 11
- Sunday, September 12
- Monday, September 13
When you register to vote, you will be assigned an advanced polling station. Don’t forget to bring your ID, proof of address, and voter registration card (if you didn’t receive your voter registration card, you can register at the polling station).
Vote at an Elections Canada Office
After an election is called, Elections Canada sets up offices in every riding across the country, and you can vote at any one of them until 6 days before election day. This means you have until Tuesday, September 14th to vote at an Elections Canada office.
All you have to do is go to your nearest Elections Canada office with your ID and proof of address and fill out the application to vote by a Special Ballot. Staff at the office will even help you fill out the form if you need assistance!
Vote on Election Day
Waited to the last minute to vote? On election day (Monday, September 20), you can head to the polling station identified on your voter registration card to cast your ballot! Polls are open from 9:30am to 9:30pm EST, so everyone has a chance to cast their vote!
Want a Reminder to Vote?
Thanks to our partners at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), you can sign up online for email reminders about voting in the 44th federal election!
Watch for our next blog post, Part 2: Your Voting Guide for the 44th Federal Election, to learn more about the ways you can educate yourself on each party to help you decide who to vote for!