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Central Poll Supervisor Guidebook – Advance Polls

Elector eligibility and identification

To vote at your polling place, an elector must be

  • at least 18 years old on election day
  • a Canadian citizen
  • on the List of Electors or have a Registration or Transfer Certificate
  • living at an address assigned to a polling station at your polling place

Elector identification options

Documents must be in English or French (or Inuktitut in Nunavut) and in their original format. E-statement and e-invoice printouts are accepted and can also be shown on a mobile device.

Expired documents are accepted if they show the elector's name and current address. Documents to which the name or address have been added by hand are not accepted, unless they have been added by the issuer of the document.

Refer to Have Your ID Ready EC 90189 when you're not sure.

Option 1

Show driver's licence, provincial/territorial ID card or any other government card with their photo, name and current address

Option 2

Show 2 different pieces of ID from the list, both with their name and at least one with their current address

They have to be different (2 bank statements for the same account are not accepted)

Option 3

Show 2 different pieces of ID from the list with their name and have another elector attest to their address. Both electors have to sign the Oath of Residence Certificate

The attestor must
  • know the elector and where they live
  • live in the same polling division
  • be on the List of Electors or have a Registration Certificate
  • show proof of identity and address
  • have not attested to another elector's address
  • have not had their own address attested to

Note: in some areas, ID may not show a residential address (e.g. PO box). If the address on their ID matches their address on the List of Electors, the document is accepted