5 Tips You Need To Know To Get Your Vote On in Canada #elxn42

Posted: Oct 10 2015

It's almost time to get your vote on, Canada, and don't take it for granted. The future of our country is in our hands, and we need to use our power to lead it in the right direction. Here are 5 tips you need to know to get your vote on in Canada on October 19th, 2015:

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(Canadian electronic music maker and all around badass, GRIMES, wants to make sure you get out and vote! Image via Exclaim.)


5 Tips You Need To Know To Get Your Vote On in Canada:

  1. Be 18 years old or over. You may not be able to sip on the bubbly, yet, but your voice still matters. The Suffragettes didn’t get up in the Man’s grill for nothing.
  2.  October 19th from 9:30am to 9:30 pm is your time to walk the voter catwalk. Strut in, “X” marks who you want repping for you, fold it up and put it in the box. Don’t be intimidated if someone’s making eyes at you. That’s the Deputy Returning Officer who oversees everything and is there to answer ANY questions you have.
  3. Register before you vote (if you aren’t already)! Online will have your local Elections Canada (EC) office info where you bring a piece of ID that has a picture, address and is government issued, like a driver’s license. You can register by mail by contacting your local EC and request the snail mail form. Fill it out, attach a photocopy of the same kind of ID and make sure it arrives to your EC office by 6pm on October 13. OR you can register right before you vote at the registration desk. Super simple. Same thing. If you don’t have a driver’s license with your address on it, you need two IDs, one photo, one proof of addy (like a hydro bill). You just became a registered voter. Congrats! PS if you don’t have any proof of address, you gotta have 2 pieces of ID and you have to drag your roomie who has ID and a proof of address to vouch for you. Harsh.
  4. Can’t make it on October 19 in that 12 hour window? VOTE EARLY! Pre-voting day is on October 9, 10, 11 and 12 from noon until 8pm. You can still catch-up on your beauty rest, girl. You can drop into your local EC office by 6pm on October 13, too. If you are out of town, snail that vote in. Your voice still counts!
  5. Gotta work a double on Monday? You are lawfully given 3 consecutive hours to vote of E-Day between 9:30am and 9:30pm. If you don’t have a 3 hour window, you must request for it and it’s up to your Big Boss of what time you are allowed to go.

3 Important Things To Remember When Voting:

  1. New rules for those that are already registered! Your voter info card used to be a legit form of ID alongside a picture ID, but that no longer exists. You have to follow the same rules as everyone else.
  2. Times and zones are achangin’ and there are 30 more ridings than before! Make sure you are voting in the right one.
  3. Vote on October 19! This campaign has spent almost twice the amount of money as the shorter campaigns of yore. Time to get your voice heard, girl!  


 If you're still confused about who to vote for and why, click HERE to read our guide to who to vote for in the Canadian Federal Election 2015.


Get out there and VOTE! No excuses!
(Article contributed by Brittany Weaver)
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