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Advance election polls open for Thanksgiving weekend

If you’ve already decided who to vote for and just can’t wait to have your say, you’re in luck this Thanksgiving weekend.

Early voting takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 14

Advance voting is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily starting today and running through the holiday Monday at assigned polling stations. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

If you've already decided who to vote for and just can't wait to have your say, you're in luck this Thanksgiving weekend.

Advance voting takes place 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Oct. 11 until Oct. 14 at assigned polling stations.

This differs from the process in the Alberta provincial election earlier this year, where electors could vote at any polling station.

To find the correct polling station, would-be electors (any registered Canadian 18 and older) can click here to go to the Elections Canada site, where you can enter your postal code and find out where you can vote in the advance polls or on election day, which is Oct. 21. You can also call 1-800-463-6868 for the information.

The location is also written on the voter identification cards sent out to nearly 27 million Canadians.

Here's what you should bring:

  • You'll need something that proves your identity and your current address. The easiest ID to bring is a driver's licence, but any ID that's got your photo, name and address on it and has been issued by the federal government, the province or your municipality will do. 
  • If you don't have those, you can bring two other pieces of ID; both must have your name on it and one has to have your current address. This includes passports, blood donor cards, birth certificates, band memberships and dozens of other options, which you can find here.
  • If you don't have any ID, you can get someone to vouch for you. But they must be able to prove their own identity and address.

Voters also can cast a ballot at any Elections Canada office until 6 p.m. on Oct. 15.

That's also the deadline to register to vote by mail.

The federal election takes place on Monday, Oct. 21.

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