September 8, 2015 3:38 pm
Updated: October 11, 2015 3:11 pm

Election 2015: You can vote right now, if you want to – what you need to know

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WATCH ABOVE: Did you know you can vote in the 2015 federal election right now?

Deep breath, everyone.

We’re in the home stretch, for real: T-minus 10 days ’til Canada’s longest election campaign in more than a century comes to a close.

And advance voting is upon us.

You can vote from noon until 8 p.m. on the following four days:

  • Friday, Oct. 9
  • Saturday, Oct. 10
  • Sunday, Oct. 11
  • Monday, Oct. 12

Find your riding here:

Find your advance polling station here, and click “When and where can I vote at advance polls?”

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If you want you can register and vote at the same time, although you should give yourself time to do both.

Eager voters found themselves stymied by long lines at advance polling stations Friday.

“We have heard that some voting locations had line-ups at the start,” spokesperson Diane Benson said in an email.

“We do our best to serve them and thank electors for their patience if they had to wait.  Advance poll voting takes a couple of minutes longer than regular voting (slightly different procedures under the Act).

Dozens waited to vote at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax on Friday.

Steve Silva / Global News

“Electors come when it is convenient for them. We can’t always anticipate volume but returning officers watch for it and can send additional staff to help when required.”


Remember, there are new rules about what identification you need to vote. So make sure you have either:

One (1) piece of voter ID with your photo, name and current address:

  • Driver’s licence
  • Provincial or territorial ID card

Or two (2) pieces of ID, at least one of which must have your current address:

  • Health card
  • Canadian passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Canadian citizenship
  • Citizenship card
  • Social insurance number card
  • Indian status card
  • Band membership card
  • Métis card
  • Card issued by an Inuit local authority
  • Canadian Forces identity card
  • Veterans Affairs health card
  • Old age security card
  • Hospital card
  • Medical clinic card
  • Label on a prescription container
  • Identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
  • Blood donor card
  • CNIB card
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Employee card
  • Student identity card
  • Public transportation card
  • Library card
  • Liquor identity card
  • Parolee card
  • Firearms licence
  • Licence or card issued for fishing, trapping or hunting
  • Utility bill (e.g. electricity; water; telecommunications services including telephone, cable or satellite)
  • Bank statement
  • Credit union statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Personal cheque
  • Government statement of benefits
  • Government cheque or cheque stub
  • Pension plan statement
  • Residential lease or sub-lease
  • Mortgage contract or statement
  • Income tax assessment
  • Property tax assessment or evaluation
  • Vehicle ownership
  • Insurance certificate, policy or statement
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • Targeted revision form from Elections Canada to residents of long-term care facilities
  • Letter of confirmation of residence from a First Nations band or reserve or an Inuit local authority
  • Letter of confirmation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits from one of the following designated establishments:
    • student residence
    • seniors’ residence
    • long-term care facility
    • shelter
    • soup kitchen

You can also vote by mail, if you want. To apply for a special ballot, fill out this form and get it to Elections Canada before Oct. 13.

And you can also vote and register to vote at your riding’s returning office. These offices are open, for the most part, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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