Politics

Advance voting starts today, runs through the Thanksgiving weekend

Canadians who have already made up their minds about who to vote for this federal election can get a head start as of Friday. 

Advance voting runs from Oct. 11-14

A woman casts her ballot in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, west of Montreal, on election day, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. This year, advance voting runs Oct. 11-14. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Canadians who've already made up their minds about who they're voting for in the federal election can get a head start this Thanksgiving weekend.

Advance voting runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through the holiday Monday at assigned polling stations.

To find the right polling station, would-be electors (that's any registered Canadian age 18 and older) can check out the Elections Canada website or call 1-800-463-6868. The location is also written on the voter identification cards sent out to nearly 27 million Canadians.

Voters will have to show identification that includes a home address, such as a driver's licence.

"At the last election, more electors than ever voted early at advance polls," said Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault in an emailed statement.

"Advance polls will be open for longer hours and there will be more advance polling stations to better serve Canadians."

Voting on campus ran from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9 and was by special ballot, with voters casting their ballots for wherever they consider their home riding to be.

Voters have also been able to cast a ballot at any Elections Canada office daily until 6 p.m., and can do so until Oct. 15. That's also the deadline to register to vote by mail. The federal election takes place on Oct. 21.

More questions about how to vote? Click here.

Clarifications

  • This story has been updated from a previous version to clarify that, while advance polls began this week and run through the holiday weekend, campus voting and special ballots at Elections Canada offices allowed voters to cast ballots before advance polls began.
    Oct 11, 2019 9:19 PM ET

Corrections

  • This story has been updated from a previous version that incorrectly stated advance polls began on Wednesday. In fact, advance polling started on Friday.
    Oct 12, 2019 1:05 PM ET

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