Edit: Today is election day! Your only way to vote now is in-person at the correct polling location. If you don’t have a voter registration card, you will need valid identification, and either proof of your current address or someone to vouch for you.
Are you planning on voting in this coming election? Election Day is Monday, September 20, 2021, but there may be steps you can take now to ensure that voting is quick and easy!
To register and vote in the federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day and prove your identity and address.
Did you receive a Voter Registration Card in the mail? Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered and all you need to do is bring valid identification, such as a driver’s license with you to your polling station to vote. You can vote even if you don’t have identification if you bring a friend who is also assigned to your polling station!
If you didn’t receive a Voter Registration Card, register before you go to vote by using the Online Voter Registration Service before Tuesday September 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.!
If you are a student and go to school in a different city then where you ordinarily live you, you can still vote! Where you “ordinarily live” may be the city you grew up in or where your parents still live. If this sounds like your situation, you can vote:
- By MAIL
- At an ELECTIONS OFFICE
- At an ADVANCE POLL or
- Bring your laundry home and vote IN PERSON, on Election Day!
Find out more about ways to vote HERE. Once you have confirmed how you want to vote, all you need to do is register, and show up. Registering is simple too!
Unfortunately, the Vote on Campus program Elections Canada offered in 2015 and 2019 won’t be available during this election!
All students still have options to vote early—either by mail or at any Elections Canada office—using the same special ballots they would have used under the Vote on Campus program. Special ballots preserve students’ ability to vote using the address they consider home, whether that’s where they live while at school or somewhere else. Students voting by mail can apply online and have their voting kit sent to the address of their choice. Every voting kit includes a pre-addressed, prepaid return envelope!
For those students who consider where they live while attending school to be their home, advance and election day polling stations will be set up on or near campuses wherever possible. To find their assigned polling station, students can check their voter information card or enter their postal code into the Voter Information Service box.
Election’s Canada is taking COVID-19 seriously! At your poll station, poll workers will be wearing masks. There will also be hand sanitizer stations, clear physical distancing markers and only one poll worker per desk behind a plexiglass barrier. All you need to do is wear a mask and practice physical distancing (which will be enforced) when you arrive. Poll workers will provide you with a pencil to use.
If you have concerns about the accessibility of your assigned polling station, call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY). To request voting assistance in advance, including language and sign language interpretation, call the Elections Canada office in your riding before Tuesday September 14 at 6:00 p.m.!