The election is today and there are lots of misinformation flying around regarding who can vote, how to vote and where. So we are here to bust those myths and make sure you know you can vote! But first, remember to contact us if you have any questions about voting today. Text or call: 519-766-3612
Myth #1: I can’t vote because I didn’t register.
False! All Canadian citizens over the age of 18 can vote. You do not need to be registered ahead of time to vote, you can register at the polls when you go vote.
Myth #2: I can’t vote because I didn’t get a Voter Information Card (VIC).
False! The VIC tells you where your polling station is. It is not a piece of ID and it cannot dictate if you can vote or not. If you didn’t get a VIC that's ok Catstronaut will tell you how to find your polling station:
Myth #3: I can’t vote because “I’m not on the list”
False! Not being on the voter lists means that you were not previously registered but you can register at the polls. Statements such as “not on the list” is one of the ways the technical language of Elections Canada can be discouraging.
Myth #4: I can't vote because I don’t have anything with my new address.
False! If you cannot find any form of documentation with your current address on it (see full list) you can still vote! Show 2 pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address. This person must show proof of identity and address, be registered in the same polling division, and attest for only one person.
Myth #5: I can vote in my home riding from my riding at school.
False! If you are a student and you wanted to vote for your home riding, you will not be able to do that on October 19th. You must vote for the riding that your school is located in given you are able to prove your address in that riding. Most students who are at school will have a lease or a utility bill that will have their school address on it to use to vote in their school riding. If you want to vote in your home riding you will need to go home (hopefully it’s not too far away!)
This post was written by Yvonne Su (Seriously call me if you have any questions: 519-766-3612)