Download Voting with a Difference, our free, straightforward guide to help you vote in the 2019 federal election. Pages 22 to 38 have lots of information about the ways you can vote. We’ve provided a few key details, here. Our guide has all kinds of other useful information, too!
Check your voter information card to find out where your assigned polling station is located.
Can’t vote on election day? You can vote in advance at your assigned polling station. Check your voter information card to find out where to go.
Visit elections.ca to find the Elections Canada office nearest you. You will vote using the special ballot process. Deadlines apply.
Visit elections.ca to find out more. Deadlines apply.
Depending on which way you choose to vote, you will use either a regular ballot or a special ballot to cast your vote. Both of these ballots are secret, which means that no one except you will know who you vote for.
A regular ballot is a piece of paper that shows the candidates’ names and political parties, if they are running with one. There is a circle beside each name. You will use the regular ballot to vote if you vote on election day, at advance polls, or at a mobile poll. You will use the regular ballot to vote at an Elections Canada office or if you vote at home once the list of candidates is confirmed, which is two weeks before election day. The regular ballot looks like the image below.
A special ballot is a piece of paper with a space where you write the name of the candidate you want to vote for. The candidates’ names and political parties are not already printed on the ballot. You will use the special ballot to vote by mail. You will also use the special ballot if you vote at an Elections Canada office or if you vote at home earlier than two weeks before election day. The special ballot looks like the image below.
An election worker greets you and shows you to the right table. If you need help, ask an election worker.
Show your proof of identity and address.
An election worker checks your name on the list of electors and gives you a folded ballot.
Go behind the voting screen, mark your ballot and refold it to keep it secret.
Return your ballot to the election worker. They will remove the tab so that your ballot can’t be traced back to you.
Put your ballot in the ballot box.
Why: If you don’t think you will be available to vote on election day, or if you want to vote before election day, then one of the ways you can vote is at an advance poll. You may choose to vote at the advance polls because you want to avoid waiting in election day lines, or because you are more familiar with your advance polling station location than your election day polling station.
Where: You vote at your assigned advanced polling station in your
community based on where you live. It might be the same polling station
you would vote at on election day, or it might be a different one. Check
ahead of time to make sure you're heading to the right polling station: you
can find this information on your voter information card or online at the
Voter Information Service.
When: There are four days of advance polls. Your assigned polling station will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday the week before election day.
Voting at an Elections Canada office is different than voting on election day or advance polling days. Here, you will vote using the special ballot process.
An election worker will greet you at the counter and ask for proof of identity and address.
The election worker will add, update or confirm your information and ask you to verify it on the computer screen.
You will be given a ballot and instructions. Ask for the list of candidates for your riding if you need it.
Go behind the voting screen, mark your ballot and return to the election worker.
The election worker will give you two envelopes. First, put the ballot in the unmarked inner envelope and seal it.
Then, put that envelope in the outer envelope and seal it.
Read the declaration on this outer envelope and sign it.
Put your envelope in the ballot box.
When it’s time to count the ballots, the election worker will remove all the unmarked inner envelopes from their signed outer envelopes. The election worker will then return only the unmarked inner envelopes to the ballot box and mix them up.
Why: If you want to vote in person but not on election day or at advance polls, you can vote at an Elections Canada office. Anyone can vote at an Elections Canada office. Some reasons you may choose to vote at an Elections Canada office include:
Where: Once the election has been called, there will be over 500 Elections Canada offices set up across the country. Every riding in Canada has an Elections office. Visit elections.ca to find the office nearest you. You can also vote at an Elections Canada Vote on Campus office. These are Elections Canada offices that are set up on some school campuses across the country for five days about two weeks before election day. These Vote on Campus offices are made for students, but any elector can register and vote at these locations.
When: You can vote at any Elections Canada office by the Tuesday before
election day at 6 p.m. Elections Canada offices are open 7 days a week once the
election has been called.
What to expect: Voting at an Elections Canada office or Vote on Campus office
is different than voting on election day or advance polling days.
After an election is called, you can vote by special ballot through the mail.
Why: If you can’t or don’t want to vote in person on election day, at advance polls, or at your Elections Canada office, you can vote by mail. You may not be able to vote in person because you are travelling, housebound, a student living on campus away from home, or you may face other difficulties accessing a polling station or Elections Canada office.
Where: You can vote by mail from anywhere, even from another country!
When: You will need to apply so that Elections Canada can send you a special
ballot voting kit in the mail. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is the Tuesday
before election day at 6:00 p.m. Apply as soon as possible to allow enough time
for your special ballot voting kit to reach you and for you to return your marked
ballot to Elections Canada by election day.
None of these ways to vote will work for me. Are there any other ways to vote?
If you will not be able to vote on election day, on advance polling days, or cannot vote by mail, there are two other ways you may be able to vote:
In some ridings, election workers take mobile polls to certain facilities or residences at scheduled times to allow electors staying there to vote. Some examples of these places are:
This service is not available in all facilities. To learn where this service is offered, call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY).
You may request to vote at home if:
If you or a family member requires this service, you must contact the Elections Canada office in your riding to request this voting option before by the Tuesday before election day at 6 p.m.
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