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August 3, 2015

How Can I Vote?

Once an election is called, you have several voting options. You can choose to vote on Election Day, or at an advance poll, at your local Elections Canada office, or by mail.

Here are the details for each voting option:

Vote on Election Day

Once you are registered and you know where your riding is, you present yourself, in person, at your polling station on Election Day.

Note: your polling station will be open for 12 hours that day.

To find out where and when to vote when the election is called:

  • Check your voter information card

or

  • Enter your postal code on the Voter Information Service webpage

or

  • Call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868

Vote during the advance poll

Advance polling stations are open from noon to 8 p.m. (local time) on the 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th days before Election Day (a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

To vote during the advance poll, you must prove your identity and home address.

To find out where and when to vote at your advance poll when the election is called:

  • Check your voter information card

or

  • Enter your postal code on the Voter Information Service webpage

or

  • Call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868

Vote at any Elections Canada office

Did you know that you can vote at any Elections Canada office across the country, for most of the election period?

Indeed, once an election is called, Elections Canada sets up local offices in every riding in Canada.

You will have to up to 6 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day to vote at your Elections Canada office.

To find your local Elections Canada office, go to the EC Voter Information Service webpage or call 1-800-463-6868.

Vote by mail

If during the election you happen to be outside your riding, or for convenience sake, you also have the option to vote by mail. However, you must wait until after the election is called to apply to vote by mail.

Here is how to do it:
First, get your voting kit. You can get an Application for Registration and Special Ballot form by clicking here, or at any local Elections Canada office, at any Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, or by calling Elections Canada.

Once your application is accepted, Elections Canada will send you a special voting kit, containing everything you need to vote.

But don’t wait too long! You should allow enough time to receive your voting kit, and to send your completed special ballot to the Elections Canada office no later than the Election Day deadline, or it won’t be counted.