Canadians cast their ballots in federal election

(Photo courtesy of Elections Canada via elections.ca)

Polls open at 9:30 a.m. Monday for the 44th Canadian general election.

Where to vote is written on your voter information card, but you can also find your polling on the Elections Canada website.

Residents are reminded to bring their voter information card with them to the polling station, and two pieces of government identification.

Elections Canada has warned that full results may not be available on Monday night because of an expected increase in the number of mail-in ballots.

Regional Media Advisor Réjean Grenier said about 1.2 million mail-in ballots were requested, including round 1 million from voters inside their own riding — Grenier said around 55,000 voters inside their own riding requested a mail-in ballot in the 2019 election.

Officials said the counting of mail-in ballots will begin Tuesday morning, and it could take two to five days in some parts of the country.

If voter turnout at the advance polls is any indication, polling stations could be busy. Across Canada, voter turnout was up over 18 per cent. In Sarnia-Lambton there was an increase of 66 per cent and nearly 71 per cent in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.

Learn more about the candidates in both ridings by clicking here.

BlackburnNews.com will provide online coverage of the federal election on Monday night and stay with the story until full results are known.

There will also be on-air updates beginning when the polls close at 9:30 p.m. on CHOK (103.9FM/1070am) 99.9 the FOX and COOL 106.3FM.