Today is Election Day in Canada, Come Prepared in Ontario

Today is the day Canadians go to the polls. Like everything else in life there are rules. Here are the rules for Ontario’s voting public.

In Ontario each polling station will be opened for 12 hours. This rule is fairly new. The polls open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.

All Canadians over the age of 18 are allowed to vote. If you’ve lived outside of Canada for less than five years in a row you are also allowed to vote. As long as a ballot arrives in Ottawa by 6pm soldiers searching overseas will have their votes counted.

The homeless have a voice too, they had to register in advance though by proving who they are and where they are staying. If they have failed to do so on Election Day they need someone who is an elector vouch for them.

Prisoners are allowed to vote in a federal election.

You can’t just show up empty handed at your polling station Tuesday. Bring your voter card that should have come in the mail a few weeks ago. You also need to have your ID with you. If you have a government ID which as your driver’s licence or health card (the newer one with a photo on it) you’re in the clear.

If you don’t have a government form of identification please bring two of the following:

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Health Card
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Social Insurance Number Card
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Birth Certificate
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Driver’s Licence
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Canadian Passport
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Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Citizenship Card
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Credit/Debit Card with your name on it
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Veterans Affairs Canada Health Card
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Employee Card issued by employer
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Old Age Security Identification Card
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Public Transportation Card
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Student ID Card
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Library Card
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Hospital Card

Secondary proof of ID include:

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Credit Card Statement
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Bank Statement
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Utility Bill (residential telephone, cable TV, public utility bill like hydro, gas or water)
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Local Property Tax Assessment
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School, College or University Report Card or Transcript
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Residential Lease, Residential Mortgage Statement or Agreement
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Canada Child Tax Benefit Statement
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Income Tax Assessment Notice
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Insurance Policy
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Government Cheque or Government Cheque Stub with your name on it
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Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid
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Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
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Vehicle Ownership
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Vehicle Insurance

If you didn’t get your voter card or you lost yours you can still vote. City News reports:

You can be vouched for by an elector whose name appears on the list of electors in the same polling division and who has an acceptable piece or pieces of identification. Both will be required to make a sworn statement. An elector cannot vouch for more than one person, and the person who has been vouched for cannot vouch for another elector.”

You can have up to 3 hours off work without being docked to vote. This rule only is in effect for those who won’t have three hours prior to work or from the time they begin their shift to ending it to get to a polling office. In other words unless you’re on a 10 hour or 12 hour shift you should be able to vote with no problems.

If you feel that no one is qualified in your riding to take office you are allowed to protest your vote. To do so one must go to your local polling station, ask for the document and officially decline your ballot at that time. This is the only way a protested vote will be counted, not bothering to vote at all does not make a statement.

You may not eat your ballot. Destroying your ballot is against the law. So is ripping it up or defacing it.

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