It’s federal election day Monday, although indications are that half of the ballots that will be counted on Vancouver Island have already been cast.
When the 173,254 votes from the advance polls are added to the 63,218 “special” ballots – mostly those mailed out – the combined number is almost half that of the 484,370 ballots filled in the seven. constituencies on the island in the 2019 election.
The high number of mail-in ballots (the island is home to six of the 10 Canadian ridings with the most popular mail-in ballots) means that the winners of the close races are unlikely to be known until Tuesday at the earliest, as such ballots. votes are not counted until they have been verified by Elections Canada, a process that can take 24 hours.
Here’s what you need to know if you still haven’t voted:
Who can vote?
You must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on polling day, and be able to prove your identity and address.
When can I vote?
Your only option now is to vote at your assigned polling station between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday. If you still have a mail-in ballot, you can drop it off at any polling station in your constituency during these hours.
By law, any eligible person must have three consecutive hours to vote. If your working hours do not allow three consecutive hours, your employer must grant you time off. Your employer has the right to decide when the leave will be granted.
What do i need?
To vote, you must show proof of your identity and address.
Government-issued photo IDs, such as driver’s licenses or provincial ID cards, will work. If you have one, you won’t need anything else.
If you do not have one, you will need to produce at least two pieces of identification, one of which shows your current address. Documents that can be used include passports, voter cards, Canadian Forces ID cards, library cards, debit or credit cards, and bank statements. For a complete list of acceptable articles, go to selections.ca.
Where to vote?
Don’t assume that’s where you voted in the previous election. Some sites were not available this year and some did not allow physical distancing.
If you are a registered voter, your polling station will be listed on the voter information card that you should have received in the mail. If you received two cards, look for the one that says “replacement card” in the lower right corner. It’s the right one.
If you have not obtained a voter information card or cannot find it, you can find your polling station online at elections.ca or by calling Elections Canada toll free at 1-800- 463-6868.
Not sure if you have registered to vote?
Check out ereg.elections.ca. If you are not registered, you can do so at your polling station. Completing a Certificate of Registration online and taking it with you could speed up the process. You will still need an ID.
What about the COVID-19 rules?
Masks are mandatory at polling stations, although anyone claiming medical exemption will be taken at their word. There will also be masks available at polling stations for those who forget theirs at home.
There will be a lot of social distancing. You can either bring your own pencil to mark your ballot or get a disposable one.
Who am I voting for?
Voters vote for candidates running in their constituency. The names of the candidates and their party affiliation will be printed on the ballot.
All incumbents from the seven ridings on Vancouver Island are standing for re-election. For the first time, there are more women (24) than men (20) at the polls.
There are 338 seats in the House of Commons.
For more information on Island candidates, visit timescolonist.com/election.
You don’t have ID?
You can still vote if you state your identity and address in writing and someone who knows you and is assigned to your polling station vouches for you.
The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. One person can only vouch for one person (except in long-term care homes).
Yes, do not take a selfie with your marked ballot (or someone else’s). It’s illegal.
Also note that buses, including handyDART, will be free in Greater Victoria, Nanaimo area, Comox Valley, and Cowichan Valley (except for commuter routes 66 and 99) on Monday. The same goes for the Salt Spring Island paratransit system.
Need more information?
Go to the Elections Canada website at elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868.
For more information on Vancouver Island candidates and ridings, visit timescolonist.com/election.
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