Much has been made of late of the removal of the voter card as a piece of identification, there was even a court case in Ontario to challenge the provision which was rejected. Frankly I believe the rhetoric that this change will disenfranchise some voters is a little overdone, it is the assumption that if you have received a card that’s all you need to vote that is the problem. You still need to positively identify yourself by other means, if you received the card by mail it is highly improbable that you don’t have some kind of addressed mail / bills etc that is acceptable as proof of residence.
A far greater impediment to voting, particularly in rural Canada, is that if the address on your drivers licence or other ID does not match that on the voters list (and thus you card if you got one) you may have difficulty. If you drivers licence still says RR something but the voters list says 123456 This Road then you could have a problem if you leave things to voting day. Even errors in the list that puts you to the other side of the street and thus sends you to a different poll location can really throw a spanner in the works, you MUST be registered with Elections Canada to vote. On voting day you MUST vote at the right polling station, at advanced polls and at Elections Canada offices prior to that there is much more flexibility.
There are several ways to both check and correct such errors and it is not unreasonable to ask voters to do so if they suspect the voter list is incorrect, or they have moved recently, they are just now old enough to vote or they are away at school for an extended period. The thing is they must be aware that they need to do so and that is what this post is about.
The Elections Canada web site detailing all the information required was updated in late June and clearly answers just about every question you may have but there are a few wrinkles that are not immediately obvious and not generally included in the discussions about who can and cannot vote and what they need to know to do so. I will try and cover some of those things here but please check the imbedded links for the details.
- Your mailing address and your residential address are not
necessary the same, you may use either one but your ID must match
the address on the voters list (and thus the voters card). Your
drivers licence with a different address can be used to establish
you identity but you then need a separate piece of approved
documentation to establish your address.
- If you do not receive a card, the address does not match the
ID that you can provide, you are going to be away from home either
temporarily or longer, you just
have to make some arrangements ahead of time. This is not
unreasonable, if you want to vote and have a say in Canada's future
get off your arse and make sure you can do so. Here is how!
Elections Canada sends a voter information card by mail to each registered voter. It should arrive between September 28 and October 2. The voter information card gives the hours and address of your advance polling place, election day polling place and local Elections Canada office.
You may correct the Elections Canada voter listings to agree with you ID, (AND vote by special ballot whilst doing so), by visiting any of 400 Elections Canada offices before the deadline of Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. (local time). Offices are open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your proof of identity and address. You can vote by mail but need to apply for a special ballot voting kit as soon as possible, to allow time for your voting kit to reach you and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada by election day.
The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time for anyone applying online or sending their application to Elections Canada in Ottawa.
You may vote by special ballot at any Elections Canada office at any time prior to the election, be sure to have the name and correct spelling of your preferred candidates name when doing so as the 'special ballot' is not preprinted with the candidates name and the office may not have an up to date list!
You can find the Elections Canada office nearest you on the internet or call Election Canada at 1-800-463-6868
When you vote at an Elections Canada office or by mail, you must use a special ballot voting kit.
In all cases, the elector must have a civic address for his or her place of ordinary residence in Canada, for electoral purposes. The elector's vote will be counted for that electoral district.
If you're not sure what address E.C. has on file, check your voter registration here.
If you need more help with voter registration, contact them here.
you are unable to probuce any ID showing your current address you
may take an oath
Show two pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address. This person must show proof of his or her identity and address, be registered in the same polling division, and can only attest for only one person. The identity of a person without documentation cannot be vouched for only his or her civic address!
Those living in residence or in a home with a roommate off campus may have difficulty because some of the bills may not be in their name. In situations like that students can get a letter of confirmation of residence from their student residence. The same could apply for someone staying in a shelter or senior’s residence or living on reserve. These forms can be found online at www.elections.ca or by visiting a local election office.
I am told by someone who recently took poll clerk training that should you turn up at a poll with address information that does not match the listings or when you are not on the list then you will NOT be turned away but added to the list and asked to swear that you have not voted elsewhere.
Remember under the new (un)Fair Elections Act, Elections Canada can tell you where and how to vote but cannot advertise or otherwise encourage you, or our under represented youth or native population, to get out to vote. So bloggers let us take up the challenge and do all we can to get everyone to have their say on Canada's future.
Election date is Oct 19th
The above information cross posted at Democracy Under Fire
Elections Canada Offices in the Grey-Bruce Owen Sound Riding
All offices open 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Main office of the returning officerThe Professional Centre
945 3rd Avenue East, Suite 24
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2K8
Tel 1 866 238-4198
Other returning offices
The Former Rona Building
185 Elizabeth Street
Durham, ON, Ontario N0G 1R0
Tel 1 866 450-9918
The Meeting Place - Propeller Club
575 Edward Street
Wiarton, Ontario N0H 2T0
Tel 1 866 374-4031
The Candidates and their offices for Grey Bruce Owen Sound are:-
Chris Albinati, Green Party 148 Garafraxa St. N., Durham 226-432-2152
Kimberley Love, Liberal Party 155 8th Street East, Owen Sound 226-909-2046
David McLaren, NDP 1043 2nd Ave. East, Owen Sound 519-270-4333
Larry Miller, Conservative Party 1260 2nd Ave. East, Owen Sound 226-909-1925
Upcoming Candidate Debates in Grey-Bruce Owen Sound
Monday, Sept. 28th – Hanover – Civic Centre Theatre – 7-9pm (no L.Miller at this time)
Thursday, Oct. 1st – Owen Sound – Bayshore Centre 7-9pm (yes L. Miller)
Wednesday, Oct.7th – Keady – Keady Community Centre – 7-9pm (yes L. Miller)
Thursday, Oct. 8th – O.S. – St. Georges Anglican Hall – Women’s Issues debate – (no L. Miller)
Wed. Oct. 14th – Paisley – Paisley Legion/Town Hall – 7-9pm (no L. Miller)