Voting 101

Hey Canadians!

For the fourth time in 7 years we’ll have the amazingly exciting opportunity to exercise our democratic right to vote. I would argue that this is a responsibility rather than a right, but that is a whole other can of worms. I’m just here to share all the information you need to put an X on that ballot.

Not sure which riding is yours? Click here to search by postal code. Here you will find a lot of useful information. First you can check your polling station – this is neighbourhood specific, so make sure you check the address so you end up at the right place on May 2nd. Once you’re at this page,you can look at the candidates in your riding (click the ‘Candidates’ tab at the top in the middle), and check out the past results of your riding (click the ‘past results’ tab at the top right). This is useful if you’re a strategic voter.

You can check the accessibility of your polling station. If you have special mobility requirements you’ll want to check this out so that you can arrange a special ballot if necessary.

Check that you have the appropriate personal identification required to cast a vote. You’ll need either a driver’s license, apiece of mail addressed to you + other identification, or have someone swear an oath that you do in fact live in that riding. Are you a student away from home and don’t how where/when/how to vote?  Think that you’re lacking the ID that will allow you to vote? Think again! All you need is a friend with the right information to swear an oath that you are in fact a Canadian citizen and that you do live in that riding. Don’t believe me? Maybe Rick Mercer will convince you.

If your first language is neither English nor French, check out this list of heritage languages and aboriginal languages.

“But Robin,” you say, “I’m on a fabulous vacation in Indonesia! I can’t possibly vote when I’m not in the country!” Wrong again. You can mail your vote if you’re outside of your riding at the time of the election, just make sure you fill out the paper work now so it gets processed in time.

That’s pretty much all I can tell you about voting, without telling you who to vote for, which I’m not going to do. Instead, click here to see a list of the registered political parties in this federal election.

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