Toronto: Canadians prepare to vote this Monday to elect members of the 44th Parliament.
If you plan to vote on Election Day, you’ll need to make sure you’re going to the right polling station and bringing the necessary ID.
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Here’s what you need to know before going to your polling station.
How do I find my polling station?
Information about your polling station can be found on your voter information card. If you do not have Voter Information Card, you can get this information on Voter Information Service On the Elections Canada website, with a list of candidates running in your ride.
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When are the polling stations open?
Polling stations are open for 12 hours. opening and closing time different time zones So that the results can come almost at the same time across the country.
In the Atlantic provinces, voting begins at 8:30 a.m. local time and closes at 8:30 p.m. In the Eastern Time Zone, which includes almost all of Quebec and Ontario as well as part of Nunavut, voting is open between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
In Manitoba, as well as parts of Nunavut and North-Western Ontario that are under mid-time, voting is open between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and British Down Under the Mountain. People living in parts of Colombia can vote between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. For the Yukon and the rest of British Columbia, polling stations are open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The ride spans several time zones, including Labrador, Gaspésy-les les-de-la-Madeleine, Kenora, Thunder Bay-Rainy River, Coote-Colombia and Nunavut. If you live in any of these rides, please check your voter information card or online Voter Information Service To see what times your polling station opens and closes, visit the Elections Canada website.
What kind of ID do I need to bring?
Elections Canada requires voters to prove their identity and address. You can bring your driving license or any other card issued by the government bearing your name, photo and address.
If you don’t have a photo ID that contains your address, you can bring any two pieces of ID, as long as at least one of them contains your current address. Elections Canada website A list of all accepted forms of ID, which includes utility bills, bank statements, student cards, health cards, library cards and more.
Otherwise, you may still vote if someone who knows you and has been appointed to the same polling station where you vouch for you through a written solemn declaration. Vouchers must have their own ID to prove their identity and address and can only be a voucher for one person, except in long-term care facilities.
Am I registered to vote?
Most Canadians are automatically registered to vote via tax filing. You can use Election Canada Online Voter Registration Service To check if you are registered.
If you are not registered to vote, or if you need to update your address, you can register at your polling station on Election Day. To speed things up, you can use the online voter registration service to take a print out of your registration certificate, but this step is not mandatory.
What precautions are being taken against COVID-19 in Canada’s election?
In provinces and territories where masks are mandatory, voters will be required to wear a mask until they receive a medical exemption.
Those who have a medical exception will not be required to provide proof, except at polling stations located in Alberta’s schools, which require proof of exemption.
In case you forget to bring your own, masks will be available at the polling station. If you refuse to wear a mask and do not have a medical exemption, you will be refused entry to the polling station. This does not apply to Yukon and Nunavut, which do not require residents to wear masks indoors. This is taken from an old article, isn’t it?
All poll workers will be wearing masks or face shields and surfaces will be regularly wiped down. Polling stations will also have plexiglass barriers, single-use pencils, hand sanitizing stations and physical distancing.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 on Election Day, you should ask your local public health authority what to do. If you test positive, Elections Canada states that you will not be able to vote.