What you need to vote in Canada’s Federal Election

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By Shawna O'Neill
What you need to vote in Canada’s Federal Election
Casting a vote. Stock photo.

CORNWALL & SDG, Ontario – Election day is fast approaching on Monday, Oct. 21 and Seaway News wants to assist voters with necessary information leading up to their venture to the polls.

Advance voting stations are set to open on Friday, Oct. 11 and remain open until Monday, Oct. 14.

According to Elections Canada employee Paul Jerioux, in effort to avoid confusion of where voters can cast their ballots in their riding, voters are encouraged to attend the station outlined on their voting card.

Approx. 27 million voting cards have been distributed according to Jerioux. If you did not receive a card, or would like to look up which polling station is closest to you, visit Elections Canada website here. The website also provides instructions for citizens who reside or are travelling outside of Canada and would like to vote, how to vote by mail and more opportunities.

After establishing where you can vote in advance or on election day, it is important to ensure you have necessary identification documents (ID). Bringing your voting card is helpful to staff, but bringing your drivers license or any other card issued by the Canadian government with your photo, current address and name is required. Alternatively, you may provide two pieces of ID from the list here that include your name. If you do not have an 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.

The local candidates running in the 2019 Federal Election include:

Eric Duncan, Conservative Party candidate

Raheem Aman, Green Party candidate

Heather Megill, Liberal Party candidate

Kelsey Schmitz, New Democrat Party candidate

Sabile Trimm, Peoples Party of Canada candidate

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