How Canadians can vote in the 2021 federal election

There are three options to prove your identity and address

Canadians have another opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. The federal election is on Monday, September 20, 2021 and by now, registered voters should have received their voter information card in the mail. To vote you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day.

If you didn’t receive your card, you may not be registered or your voter information may not be up to date. Visit elections.ca to register or update your address. You can also register or update your voter information when you go vote.

If you got your voter card in the mail, take your card along with accepted ID, to make the voting process easier. You have three options to prove your identity and address.

  1. Show one of these pieces of ID: driver’s licence, any other ID issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address.
  2. Show two pieces of ID: Both must have your name and at least one must have your current address e.g. voter information card and bank statement, utility bill and student ID card. Check out the full list of other acceptable pieces of ID at elections.ca.
  3. If you don’t have ID, you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care facilities).

Advance polls open September 10 -13 from 9am to 9pm.

Assigned polling stations are open for 12 hours, which vary by province so check your voter information card for where and when you can vote.


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