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Registration at the Polls

Elections Canada strongly encourages you to make sure that your name appears on the voters list for an election or by-election. If you are not registered on the voters list, you can register:

Finding your polling station

If you are not registered on the voters list, or you have not received a voter information card from Elections Canada showing the address of your polling station, you can get the address by telephoning the Elections Canada office in your electoral district. Click here to find your electoral district. You could also check the address on a voter information card received by another elector in your household.

Registering at an advance or ordinary poll

To have your name added to the voters list at either an advance or ordinary poll, you must register with the deputy returning officer. Once you sign the Registration Certificate that the deputy returning officer completes for you, and you show satisfactory proof of your identity and address, you can then vote. Electors can prove their identity and address in one of three ways:

At an ordinary poll, you may also register with a registration officer. If you register with a registration officer, one representative of each candidate in the electoral district is entitled to be present. Registration officers are appointed by the returning officer on the recommendation of the candidates of the registered political parties that finished first and second in the electoral district in the previous election.

Acceptable types of identification

It is estimated that some 85 percent of eligible voters have driver's licences issued by their province or territory that contain a photo and the name and address1 of the holder. Other electors will be required to present two authorized pieces of identification one showing their name, and the other showing both their name and address. For example, while electors may choose to use a Canadian passport, a provincial health card or a birth certificate as proof of name, a utility bill or a bank statement are examples of documents that can be used as proof of address.

The list of identification and documents that have been authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer can be found here.

January 2008

1 Some driver's licences contain a commercial or address. To be used as the single piece of elector identification, the licence must contain the holder's personal address.