Four days of advance voting opens Friday in Bay of Quinte riding to cast ballots well before federal election day Oct. 21.
Advance polling stations will open at 9 a.m. through 9 p.m.
Early electors exercising their franchise will find respective advance polling stations for their zones of the riding on the back of Elections Canada information cards mailed to addresses across Canada.
Rejean Grenier, regional media adviser for Elections Canada, said more than 20 per cent of the total voters in the last election in this riding cast their ballots in advance polls.
“In Bay of Quinte, there were 13,073 advance votes cast of a total 57,713,” Grenier told The Intelligencer on Thursday.
Holding advance voting enables streamlined voting, he said, especially considering this weekend is Thanksgiving and some voters will be travelling to be with family over the holiday.
“People can vote before they leave or when they come back,” he said.
Grenier reminded people that if they have changed addresses and are not registered on the election rolls, they should visit Elections Canada online and fill out a registration form by Oct. 15 deadline to streamline the process and ensure that their name is on the voters’ list.
Otherwise, voters can visit their polling stations and register in person on election day on Oct. 21 provided they have proper identification.
He said that bringing their voter information card to voting stations is not mandatory but presenting proper identification is essential.
A photo identification with a name and current address such as an Ontario Driver’s Licence is all that is needed.
However, if no photo identification is available, Grenier said voters can use identification with a name and address supported by the identification card provided by Elections Canada
- Advance voting for the 43rd federal general election begins on Friday, October 11 and continues Saturday, October 12; Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14.
- At advance polls, electors can only vote at the ir assigned polling station. This is different from the process in some provincial elections, where electors can vote at any polling station.
- Electors can find the address of their assigned polling station on the back of their voter information card, by visiting elections.ca or by calling 1-800-463-6868.
- Electors have other advance voting options, including voting at any Elections Canada office in Canada or by mail, using the special ballot process.Source: Elections Canada