Happy Election Day! Find out what you need to know to vote

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Happy Election Day! Find out what you need to know to vote


Today is Election Day, and for those who didn’t cast a ballot at advance polls, now is the time to have your say in who will make up Canada’s 43rd Parliament.

Not sure how to vote or what you’ll need?
Here’s what you need to know:

  • Polls are open today, although voting hours vary across the country. You should’ve received a Voter Information Card in the mail that lists your polling station and the hours it’s open. If you didn’t, head over to elections.ca to identify your polling station and voting hours.
  • Bring the right pieces of ID. Don’t have a Voter Information Card? No problem. You can present other ID or have someone vouch for you instead. (You have three options to prove your identity and residence.)
  • Not registered, or not sure if you are? Don’t worry. You can always register at your polling station—just don’t forget your ID!
  • If you need help getting to the polls or voting, Elections Canada has a number of accessible options available. You can also try contacting a political party to ask if they can assist you with transportation.

Voting hours at polling places for each time zone across Canada:


*In Saskatchewan, when daylight saving time is in effect for the rest of the country, voting hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (local time).

Want to help increase voter turnout? Here are a few tips:

  • Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you’re voting and invite them to do the same. (Better yet, if you share the same polling station, bring them along!)
  • Be encouraging and don’t use guilt or a sense of duty to convince people to vote.
  • Post a photo of you at your polling station on social media.

Want to learn more about the voting process? Check out our Getting to the Polls explainer or catch up on the rest of our What to Expect When You’re Electing series. 

Voting may be a fundamental act of citizenship, yet we at the Samara Centre recognize that voting is one of many ways to participate in our democracy, and that staying engaged in between elections is equally as important. After casting your ballot, please consider donating to the Samara Centre and help us breathe new life into our democracy after Election Day.

Anticipating some lively discussions once the election results are in? Be prepared with our illustrated Field Guide to Online Political Conversations! Web and print versions available.


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