Here's how to vote if you didn't pre-register

You may have missed the pre-registration deadline of 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, but there are still ways for people to mark the ballot before the polls close.

Early registration closes Tuesday, but you can still register on election day

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Early voter registration closes Tuesday, but there are still ways to cast a ballot this federal election.

If you already registered it's easy. Bring your voter information card to your polling station between 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Saskatchewan along with the required ID. Voter identification cards do not count as ID this year, so keep that in mind. 

But even if you didn't pre-register, you can still register and vote on election day. You'll have to stand in two different lines at the polling station — one to register to vote and one to actually vote.

Here's what you'll need to bring:

  • Your driver's license or other government card with your photo, name and address

                                                                    OR

  • Two pieces of ID, but at least one must have your current address. This includes identification such as a health card, birth certificate, passport, bank statement, social insurance number, band membership card and more.  

                                                                    OR

  • Take an oath to prove your address. This step requires you to have two pieces of ID with your name on it, and have someone who knows you attest to your address. That person must be registered to vote in the same polling station and show their own proof of identity and address. Check the Elections Canada website for more pieces of ID that are accepted.

Other things to know: 

  • Canadian passports cannot be used as proof of address, only name.
  • If you do not have an address, you can get a confirmation of residence from administration at shelters, soup kitchens, student residences or seniors' residences. 
  • If you didn't pre-register, you'll have to find out your polling station on election day on the Elections Canada website, by typing in your postal code. 

Easing the process

Elections Canada encourages registering early to avoid any errors on election day. Without pre-registering, there are more chances things could go awry and voters could get turned away.

"It makes the process faster and easier for people when they go to vote if they pre-register," said Marie-France Kenny, regional director of Elections Canada. 

For the 2015 federal election, voter identification cards are no longer considered valid ID at the polls. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Incorrect paperwork or identification can be a problem, so double-check you have the right paperwork before heading to the polling station. 

"If you don't have the right identification you won't be able to vote," Kenny said.

Along with early registration closing, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday you'll no longer be able to vote at Elections Canada offices or apply to vote by mail.

If you didn't register already, your best bet to cast a vote at this point is to bring your correct paperwork to your polling station on Oct. 19 and register then.

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