Published: Sat, October 12, 2019

Eager to vote? Advance polls may be for you

Eager to vote? Advance polls may be for you

In less than two weeks, Canadians can head to the polls to vote in the country's 43rd federal election.

The voter information card shows where to vote on election day and the location of the voter's poll from among 22 advance polls.

Finally, for Canadian citizens overseas, or those who would simply rather tackle the entire process from home, you can vote by mail, provided you apply to do so online or at an Elections Canada office by 3:00 p.m.

Advanced polling runs throughout the Thanksgiving weekend - including Monday, October 14.

All that is needed to vote is a driver's licence, or any other identification issued by the federal or provincial governments that has the voter's photo, name and address listed.

There is one more voting day left in the year: November 5, when New Yorkers will go to the polls to vote for public advocate, Queens district attorney and a councilmember in the 45th City Council District, as well as on five ballot referendums to amend the City Charter.

And you probably already know this already, but it's worth repeating: Canadians don't vote directly for a prime minister. When you vote on campus, you'll be voting by special ballot (see below).


To properly vote, mark the circle beside the candidate you want to vote for. The candidate who gets the most votes locally will represent your riding on Parliament Hill.

The Elections Canada office opened in Sahali Mall one hour after the writ dropped on September 11, anticipating the official start to the election as much as the rest of the country.

When it's time to count the ballots, the election worker will remove all the unmarked inner envelopes from their signed outer envelopes.

We heard from someone turning 18 the day before the election who was curious if there is any sort of waiting period to process registration.

If you did not receive a voter information card, or if the information is incorrect, it's possible that your voter information may not be up to date.

You may then drop your envelope in a ballot box or, if you're voting by mail, follow the instructions you received with your voting kit and return your ballot to us using the pre-addressed return envelope we provided.

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