Am I Registered to Vote?
You have to be registered in order to vote. Most eligible voters are already registered in the National Register of Electors, the permanent database of Canadians qualified to vote in federal elections. To check if you are already registered in your correct riding you can go online to the voters online registration service and enter your name and address. You can also call Elections Canada and provide them with your name and address to see if you are registered.
If you check and discover that you are not registered there are a number of ways you can go about registering yourself.
- You can register online at the Elections Canada website: To register online you will be asked to provide either your driver’s license number, or your provincial/ territorial ID card number. If you do not have either of these cards you can register by mail.
- To register by mail: You will have to contact elections Canada at ( 1-800-463-6868) OR email(info@elections. ca) and request a voter registration form. The voters registration form will then be sent to you by mail, email or fax for you to fill it out and send back. You must include a photocopy of your proof of identity and address document(s). You can either send a copy of any document showing your name, address and signature (e.g. driver’s licence), OR copies of two documents: one showing your name and address (e.g. telephone bill), and one showing your name and signature (e.g. health card or library card).If some of the information appears on the back of the document(s), you must photocopy both sides.
- in order to register and vote at your polling place: On the day of the election or in the advance polls you must provide either:
- One piece of government issued ID such as provincial card or driver’s license.
- Two pieces of ID one with your name (examples: health card, Canadian passport, birth certificate, citizenship card, social insurance number card, Indian status card, credit/ debit card- SEE ELECTIONS CANADA WEBSITE FOR LIST OF ALL ACCEPTED ID’S) AND one with your name and address (example: utility bill, bank statement credit union statement, credit card statement, personal cheque, letter of confirmation residence)
- Take an oath, show two pieces with your name and then have someone with you that can attest to your address – this person must – show a piece of ID, be registered at the same polling station and only attest for one person.
What is a letter of confirmation of residence?
- This letter is a piece of ID you can use to prove your address, if one of these living situations applies to you:
- Live on a First Nations reserve or in an Inuit hamlet
- Are a student living on campus
- Live in a seniors' residence, long-term care facility or shelter
- Live on the streets, but use the services of a shelter or soup kitchen
- You can print the letter of confirmation of residence form from the Elections Canada website and ask the administrator to complete the form. Letters from the administrator that are printed on the letterhead of the establishment will also be accepted. When you go vote, bring the letter and a second piece of ID with your name.
What is My Riding?
You can find your riding online through the Elections Canada website at http://www.elctions.ca/home aspx under "My Voter Information" on the home page. Once you're on the site you can enter your postal code and find out all the information you need to know about your riding.
Once you are registered to vote you will also receive a Voter Information Card in the mail as of October 1, 2015. This card will provide you with the name of your riding, address and hours of your polling station.
How Do I Vote?
There are many different ways that you can vote based on your ability and location at the time of the election:
Voting at the Election polls on the day of the election:
Accessible tools and services available at polling stations:
- You can vote on the day of the election, October 19th, 2015 at your designated poling station. The date, hours and address of your election day poll will be sent to you on your voter’s information card. Alternatively you can also find this information on the Elections Canada website (www.elections.ca), or by calling elections Canada (1-800-463-6868).
- Your voter’s information card will also contain information about the accessibility of your designated polling station. On the cards accessible sites will be marked with the accessibility symbol along with where you can find more information. Sites that are not accessible or that are strictly wheelchair accessible will have a phone number that you can call to ensure that the site can meet your needs, or to inquire about voting at another location.
- Magnifiers with light (4x)
- A tactile and Braille voting template that fits on top of a ballot
- Large-print lists of candidates
- Braille lists of candidates (available on election day only)
- Language or sign language interpretation (must be requested ahead of time)
- If you require language or sign-language interpretation on election day, you may make a request to Elections Canada to provide the service.
- Once an election has been called, you can make a request for language or sign language interpretation online, by TTY at 1-800-361-8935 or by phone at 1-800-463-6868
- Your request must be received before 6:00 p.m. on the fourth day before election day. Every effort to accommodate requests and locate interpreters in your community will be made.
- Assistance in marking a ballot
- Improved voting screens that let in more light
Voters with disabilities, in particular people with a visual impairment, may use a personal mobile device, such as a smart phone, to read their ballot behind the voting screen. All reasonable steps should be taken to preserve the secrecy of the vote. It is not permitted to transmit an image of a marked ballot to a third party. Also, voters who use mobile devices should bring earphones and any recording made should not be retained. The use of a mobile device and any applications required for this purpose are the voter's responsibility. Elections Canada does not guarantee the reliability of technology in this area.
Elections Canada supports the use of service animals to assist voters with disabilities when they go vote at polling places.
Voters with disabilities may require the assistance of a support person to help them vote. Support people provide assistance to a person with a disability and may be a family member, friend, personal support worker, intervener or sign-language interpreter. Election workers receive cross-disability awareness and sensitivity training to communicate directly with the voter and not his or her support person. The support person will be required to take an oath to respect the secrecy of the voter's choice. The oath is administered by the deputy returning officer. If you do not have a support person and you request help, a deputy returning officer can help you mark your ballot. This will always be done in full view of a poll clerk. In these situations, no one else may be present.
Can I Vote in Advance?
Voting at Advanced Polls:
- Advance polls are open from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm on Friday October 9, Saturday, October 10, Sunday October 11 and Monday October 12. Your voter information card tells you the address of your advance polling place. All accessible services will be available at advance voting polls with the exception of the Braille list of candidates.
Voting in Advance at Elections Canada offices:
- If you find it more convenient, you can vote at any Elections Canada office across Canada. Visit the office before the deadline of Tuesday, October 13th at 6:00 pm (local time). Bring proof of identity and address. You can now find the Elections Canada office nearest to you at www.elections.ca
- To vote at an Elections Canada office you must complete an Application for Registration form and special ballot form. The staff at the office will provide you with this form and any assistance you may need when filling them out. Y
- Once your special ballot application is accepted, staff will give you a special ballot voting kit. You can either vote on the spot, or take the kit home and submit your vote on another day.
Can I Vote from Home or a Long-term Care Facility?
Vote by mail:
- You can also vote in Canada by mail! You must register to vote by mail either online or by calling Elections Canada or by contacting your local Elections Canada office. The deadline to apply is Tuesday October 13. Once your application is accepted you will be mailed a special ballot voting kit. The kit explains how to mark your special ballot and mail it in.
Voting at a hospital or long term care facility:
- Elections Canada offers mobile polling stations in some select residences and hospital wards. If it is required, they even transport the ballot box from room to room.
- You will still need proof of identity and address in order to vote in these facilities. To prove your identity you will need to show one piece of ID with your name. Photocopies of these IDs are accepted within long term care facilities. You will also need to prove your address; one option is to show an Letter of Confirmation of Residence form (see above for more information on this form).
- If you do not have any documents to prove your address you can have your address attested by another elector in the same poling division as you. This person must be able to show ID and you must show two pieces of ID.
- More information about what hospitals and residences will have mobile polling stations can be found by calling Elections Canada 1800-463-6868.
Mobile polling station - voting from home:
- Elections Canada also provides voting at home in the presence of an electoral officer and a witness, for electors who are registered for a special ballot and who cannot go to the local Elections Canada office and who cannot mark the ballot due to a disability.
- In order to qualify for home voting the elector must meet the following criteria: The elector must be unable to read or is unable to vote in the usual manner because of a physical disability, the elector is unable to personally go to an electoral office because of a physical disability.
- Before visiting an elector’s home the local returning officer will designate an election officer and a member of the office staff to conduct a home visit. The office staff member accompanying the designated election officer may act as a witness if none are present. The election officer will complete the elector’s application and mark the ballot for the elector in full view of the witness. Both the election officer and the witness will need to indicate that the elector was assisted by signing in the space provided on the back of the outer envelope.
- These visits are usually scheduled after all of the candidates have been confirmed on the 19th day before the Election Day. The elections officer is then able to provide the complete list of confirmed candidates to the elector.
How Do I Contact Elections Canada Directly?
Contact Elections Canada for more information:
hearing impaired phone line: 1-800-361-8935