The federal election is upon us! Here’s what you need to know to cast your vote.

Can I vote in the federal election? 

In order to vote you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18 years of age
  • prove your identity and address

How do I know if I’m registered to vote?

Those registered to vote will received a voters information card in the mail. If you are unsure if you’re registered or need to register, you may do so here.

When can I vote? 

The federal election takes place on Monday, October 21. Advanced polling stations will be available beginning Friday, October 11 through till Monday, October 14

Where can I vote in Edmonton? 

  • At any Elections Canada office (before October 15 at 6pm)
  • In your riding at the assigned advance polling station – October 11-14
  • In your riding at the assigned polling station on election day – Oct 21

Not sure where your polling station is? According to Elections Canada, you can find it by checking your voter information card that arrived by mail or by visiting the Voters Information Service.

What do I need to bring? 

  • Option 1: show one piece of ID:
    • your driver’s license
    • any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address
  • Option 2: show two pieces of ID:
    • voter information card and bank statement
    • utility bill and student ID card

Don’t have these? No problem! Check out the list of accepted IDs.

  • Option 3: you don’t have ID:
    • From Elections Canada: 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. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).

How do I get to my polling station? 

Unfortunately, city transit will not be free on election day. You’ll have to find your own way there, but if that isn’t feasible, the city will be providing transit tickets to senior, social and cultural advocate agencies to offer community members free rides.

Can I vote from home, another province or country? 

For Canadians living or traveling abroad during the election, find out more info about how to cast your vote here.

Voting for one riding while living in another? Get your info here.

I’m still unsure who to vote for. 

Hit this link and pop in your postal code to get all of the candidate info you need.

Happy voting! 

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