On Monday we go to the polls in our 43rd federal election. Everyone at IBEW 213 firmly believes in the importance of voting; it is the fundamental basis of a democracy. We sincerely hope that you will exercise your fundamental right, and cast your ballot on October 21, 2019.
We frequently hear the same reasons over and over why people do not exercise their right to vote. Here are a few we hear a lot:
I don't know who to vote for.
Use this free online tool, answer a few question and see which political party most aligns with your values: https://votecompass.cbc.ca/canada/
My vote doesn't count.
Maybe of us were very disappointed that voter reform didn't happen as promised. You can use this tool to see how close the election is expected to be in your riding, and vote with your conscience that way: https://votewell.ca/
I don't have time to vote.
The Election Act entitles you to three consecutive hours free from work to vote on General Voting Day. For more information visit: https://www.elections.ca/
I'm not registered to vote.
You do NOT need to be pre-registered in order to vote. You can register at your polling station on Voting Day, and the process is simple and easy!
I don't have a Driver's License or government ID.
You still have options! If you cannot show your driver’s license OR any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address, one of these will work:
Option 2: Show two pieces of ID
Both must have your current name and at least one must have your current address. Examples include: Voter information card and bank statement; Utility bill and Student ID card. For a full list click here.
Note: Your name must match exactly on both of your pieces of ID.
Option 3: If you don’t have ID
You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must be able to provide their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).
On Monday October 21 Go Vote!
NOTE: The IBEW 213 offices will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21 in compliance with the Elections Act so that our staff can go cast their ballot. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22.