Last October 11-14, advance polls for the 2019 Federal Elections were opened to the Canadian voters which resulted to an estimated 4.7 million casted ballots . This is a 29% increase from electors who voted in advance polls in the 2015 general elections.
“More and more Canadians are taking advantage of early voting opportunities to cast their ballots,” says Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault. “Having extended voting hours at advance polls gave Canadians more flexibility to use this option.”
Manitoba after being hit by a winter storm, is given special attention by Elections Canada as many electors might have been affected by the circumstance and were not able to take advantage of the advance polls. Elections Canada advised Manitobans that they will add resources at the local level and will be ready to adjust their services for October 21st.
With the efforts being done by Elections Canada and the local government, the most crucial move now lies in the voters.
More than just being aware of the big election day, does everyone know how to vote and who to vote for?
Elections.ca will guide you through with Voting 101 information and some FAQs. Here are some basic info from the website.
To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address.
The only remaining way to vote in this election is at your assigned polling station on Monday, October 21.
If you’re registered, you should have received a voter information card in the mail. It tells you where and when you can vote. If the name and address on your card are correct and you meet the eligibility criteria stated on the card, you’re ready to vote. Bring this card with you, along with accepted ID, to make the voting process easier when you go to vote.
If you didn’t get your voter information card or if the information on it is wrong, you may not be registered or your voter information may not be up to date. You can also register or update your information, including your name, at your assigned polling station on election day, Monday, October 21.
To vote in the federal election you have to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this which you can explore at elections.ca
The 43rd Canadian general elections will elect members of the House of Commons to the 43rd Canadian Parliament.
Canada, through this election, will dictate and witness if the incumbent Liberals under Justin Trudeau will retain the majority won 4 years ago. Or will it be the Conservative Party, under Andrew Scheer, the New Democratic Party under Jagmeet Singh, the Green Party under Elizabeth May and the People’s Party under Maxime Bernier?
Canada, the answer is in your hands.