Do you already know who you’re going to vote for in the federal election? Then why wait for October 19th?
Elections Canada is reminding Canadians they can vote today.
You can head to any of the 400 Elections Canada offices across the country and cast a special ballot at the office ahead of the deadline of October 13th.
One note though, if all candidates haven’t been confirmed then you’ll be given a blank ballot and you’ll have to write in the name of the candidate you wish to vote for. Party affiliation will not be enough.
There is a risk to this method. If the candidate you vote for later drops out, your ballot will be spoiled. You also can’t change your vote once you’ve submitted it.
You can also vote by mail if you apply to do so with Elections Canada before October 13th. You’ll then receive a voting package that you have to send in to Elections Canada before the deadline on voting day, October 19th.
If you still want to vote early but prefer the classic method of walking up to a polling booth, you can also check out the advance polling stations which will be open from Friday, October 9th to Monday October 12th.
There have been changes to the rules and requirements for voting in the 2015 election, so Elections Canada suggests you check out their website or call the organization toll free at 1-800-463-6868.