The 44th federal general election is under way.
Electors have many safe options to vote, including at their assigned polling station on election day (Monday, September 20) or during advance polling days (Friday, September 10 to Monday, September 13).
They can also apply online to vote by mail (deadlines apply). Elections Canada encourages electors to plan early to choose the voting option that best suits them.
Elections Canada offices will open soon in each of the 338 federal electoral districts.
Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old on election day are eligible to vote.
To vote, they must:
Be registered. Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered in the National Register of Electors. To check if they are registered or register to vote, electors should use the Online Voter Registration Service at elections.ca, call us at 1-800-463-6868 or contact their local Elections Canada office. They can also register in person at their polling station when they go to vote.
Show proof of their identity and address. There are many different pieces of ID that can be used to prove identity and address. The full list is available online.
Elections Canada will mail a voter information card to all registered electors. The vast majority of electors are already correctly registered and will receive a voter information card by the first day of advance polls on September 10, though there may be delays, depending on when polling locations are identified.
"We encourage electors to use our Online Voter Registration Service. By registering, checking and updating their information early, electors will be sure to get a voter information card. Because of the pandemic, we may be using non-traditional polling locations. The voter information card will give electors all the information they need to plan their safe voting experience," says Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault.
Given the ongoing pandemic, Elections Canada, in consultation with public health authorities, has implemented a range of measures at polling places and Elections Canada offices to protect electors, election workers and political participants.
For more information, visit elections.ca or call us at 1-800-463-6868.
Elections Canada is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.
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