Advance polling stations open Oct. 9

Advance polling starts Friday morning and continues throughout the weekend.
A man casts his vote for the 2011 federal election in Toronto in this May 2, 2011 photo. Newly released court documents describe how a junior Conservative staffer in Guelph, Ont., charged with elections offences bragged about his allegedly fraudulent exploits to other young partisans. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Advance polling for the federal election starts Friday and continues throughout the weekend. 

This is the second election in a row where advance polling takes place during a holiday weekend.

In the 2011 federal election, more than 2.1 million  electors cast their ballots at advance polls during Passover and Easter weekend, representing 14 per cent of electors who voted, according to Elections Canada. 

CBC News has compiled a list of what you need to know to get set to vote. The general election day is Oct. 19.

Advance Voting Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Oct. 9-12.

When are polls open?: Polls are open from noon until 8 p.m.

Are you eligible to vote?: All registered electors in the federal election should have received a voter information card in the mail. To check if you're on the list of registered voters, click here.

Types of ID: You need to show both proof of identity and address. There are three options for acceptable identification:

  • Show one original piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government. It needs to contain your photo, name and address; a driver's licence for example.

  • Show two pieces of identification from a list authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Both must have your name and at least one must have your address, such as a health card and hydro bill.

  • If you have two pieces of identification but can't prove where you live, you may have your residence attested to by another elector who knows you, who lives in the same polling division as you, and who is on the list of electors or is registering to vote. For example, a neighbour or your roommate who has proof of identification and address works. In this case, you must both take a written oath.

Advance Voting Stations: In order to avoid confusion, Elections Canada does not publish a complete list of polling stations. To find out where you need to vote, check your voter information card, the Elections Canada website, or call 1-800-463-6868. 

Other FAQ: Elections Canada has a full, comprehensive list of voting information, including how to mail in your vote, listed here.

Source: Elections Canada

CBC News recently interviewed all 15 local candidates asking them where they stand on issues important to the region. The series can be found here. Click on the riding names to view a snapshot of each:

Windsor West

(From left) Conservative candidate Henry Lau, Green candidate Cora LaRussa, Liberal candidate David Sundin, New Democrat candidate Brian Masse and Marxist-Leninist candidate Margaret Villamizar are running in Windsor West. (Alex Brockman/CBC)


(From left) Conservative candidate Jo-Anne Gignac, Green candidate David Momotiuk, Liberal candidate Frank Schiller, Marxist-Leninist candidate Laura Chesnik and NDP candidate Cheryl Hardcastle are running in Windsor-Tecumseh. (Alex Brockman/CBC)


(From left) Conservative candidate Jeff Watson, Green candidate Jennifer Alderson, Liberal candidate Audrey Festeryga, Marxist-Leninist candidate Enver Villamizar and NDP candidate Tracey Ramsey, are running in Essex. (Alex Brockman/CBC)


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