Federal election: Are you ready to vote?

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015

Close-up of a voter casting a ballot

By Valérie Charbonneau

The federal election is taking place October 19. Are you voting for your first, second or tenth time? Certain questions always come up when an election approaches. So take a few moments to learn about the different ways to vote.

Are you a student? Staff member? Professor?

Did you know?

From October 5 to 8, you can go to advanced polling stations on the University of Ottawa campus to get information, register and vote using a special ballot, no matter where your principal residence is.

-       Desmarais Building, Room 12102

-       Residential Complex (90 University), Room 140 

The polling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wherever in Canada you come from, each vote will be counted in the riding where your home address is.

There are four ways to vote:

-       On election day:

If you’re registered, you have already received your voter information card, telling you where and when to vote.

-       On advanced voting days:

Advanced voting will take place from October 9 to 12. Your voter information card includes the address of your advanced polling station.

-       At one of 400 Elections Canada offices:

You can vote at the closest Elections Canada office by Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m.

-       By mail :

Will you be away from your riding on election day? Are you studying abroad? You can request a special ballot voting kit by October 13.

Are you a student? Get the information to be ready to vote, on registration, ID to bring with you to vote, the address you must use to register and the time and place to vote.

Elections Canada has any other information you may need to vote.

Did you know?

The first federal election took place in 1867, and voting took over a month (from August 7 to September 20).

The highest voter turnout for an election (79.4%) was on March 31, 1958.

The largest number of votes cast in an election was on January 23, 2006, a total of 14,908,703.  

Don’t forget to vote!

(Source: Elections Canada)

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