Voters choosing Manitoba's 14 MPs

Manitobans are casting their votes in the federal election, with polls open between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. CT.

Manitobans are casting their votes in the federal election, with polls open between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. CT.

More than 822,000 Manitobans are registered to vote, but you don't have to be pre-registered to cast a ballot Tuesday.

"If you haven't registered to vote, you can still do that on election day, so please head down to the polls, bring your identification and yes, let's get out and vote," Elections Canada spokeswoman Leanne Nyirfa told CBC News.

Parliament has tightened the rules regarding voter identification in this election to combat voter fraud, said Nyirfa.

"What voters need to know going into the polls to vote is that they will need to prove their identity and their address before they cast their ballots," she said.

A piece of government-issued identification with your photo, name and address — such as a driver's licence — is sufficient. Canadian passports cannot be used as the sole piece of identification because they don't include an address.

If you don't have that form of ID, two items with your name, one of them with your address — for example, a health card and a hydro bill — will be accepted. 

"We've actually been working very much with places like soup kitchens, homeless shelters, those kinds of things, to ensure that the people who run those facilities are able to help voters on election day as well," she said.

A letter from the shelter and a piece of ID is all it takes, Nyirfa said.

People without any identification can still vote if they swear an oath and are vouched for by an elector who is on the list of electors in the same polling division and who has an acceptable piece of identification, such as a roommate, spouse or neighbour.

More detailed Information on where to vote and what type of identification to bring to the polling station is available on Elections Canada's website.

35,600 visit advance polls

Almost 1.5 million voters across the country — including more than 35,600 in Manitoba — cast ballots in advance polls earlier this month.

During the 2006 federal election, more than 517,000 Manitobans voted, a 62 per cent voter turnout for the province.

In that election, Conservatives took eight of the 14 seats in the province, capturing 43 per cent of the Manitoba popular vote. 

Liberal and NDP candidates won three seats each in 2006, with 26 and 25 per cent of the vote, respectively.

The Green party won nearly four per cent of Manitobans' votes, while other parties and Independent candidates took two per cent.