Advance Polling Stations open Friday

Canadian voters can begin casting their ballots this weekend, even though the federal election is still over a week away.

Advance polls open today (Friday) and continue through Thanksgiving Monday.   Polling stations across the country will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m over the four day period.

To vote, you’ll need to show a driver’s licence, or any other identification issued by the federal or provincial governments that has your photo, name and address listed.

If you don’t have a driver’s licence, you can show two pieces of approved identification, such as an Elections Canada voter information card and bank statement, or a utility bill and student ID card.

Anyone who doesn’t have proper ID will be permitted to vote as long as they declare their identity and address in writing and have a polling station volunteer who they know, vouch for them.   The voucher must have proof of identity and address with them.

Advance polling station locations are listed on voter information cards, which were mailed out a few weeks ago.

Elections Canada is reminding people that posting a photo of a marked ballot on social media is a violation of the Canada Elections Act.     And selfie enthusiasts hoping to snap a pic with their marked ballot are reminded that it is illegal to do so, as it violates the secrecy of the vote under the Act.

Election day is Monday, October 21st.