Published: Sat, October 12, 2019

Advance Polling Stations open Friday

Advance Polling Stations open Friday

Approximately 25 advance polls will be open on those days across the North Shore, according to Elections Canada. It tells you where and when to vote.

If you have recently moved or need to update your voting information, you can do so using the online service or at any Elections Canada office before October 15 at 6 p.m. or on election day (Oct. 21).

You can also use the Elections Canada Voter Information Service.

I'm voting for the first time.

A majority of Canadians (62 per cent) believe voting should be mandatory in federal elections, while 69 per cent believe it should be mandatory for candidates to attend at least one public debate in their riding with the candidates from other parties.

Elections Canada is not accepting ballots it receives later than 6 p.m. on October 21.

If you don't have that, you can show your voter information card (in the mail if you've registered) and a utility bill or student ID.

There are 1,305 advance polling stations in Ontario and 3,802 in Canada.

During the last federal election, voter turnout among people aged 18 to 24 rose from 38.8 per cent in 2011 to 57.1 per cent, what Elections Canada says was the "largest increase for this age group" since it began reporting demographic data on turnout in 2004.

There's a catch though - for advance polls, voters can only vote at their assigned polling station. Voters are advised to bring the card with them, along with a government issued ID that has a name and address on it (such as a driver's license) to make the process easier. "We're just trying to get the word out to people that we're interested in people coming to work for Elections Canada on elections day", he said on Friday.

Voting as part of the Vote on Campus program is done with a special ballot. You can look up your local election day polling station by entering your postal code here.

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