Voter Information at a Glance (October 26, 2020 By-elections)
Your health and safety is our priority
At your polling station, all poll workers will be wearing protective equipment. There will also be:
Hand sanitizer stations
Clear physical distancing markers
Only one poll worker per desk
When you go vote:
Wear a mask
We will provide single-use pencils to mark your ballot or you can bring your own
Practice physical distancing: stay at least two metres apart
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, visit elections.ca to find out about other voting options.
- Make sure you're registered at your address
- Watch for your voter information card in the mail
- Make a plan to vote
- At your assigned polling station on election day
- At your assigned polling station on advance polling days
- At your local Elections Canada office (deadlines apply)
- By mail: visit elections.ca to find out more (deadlines apply)
- Find out who the candidates are in your riding
- Bring ID when you go to vote
Are you registered to vote?
You should receive a voter information card in the mail that tells you where and when you can vote
No or don't know
Visit elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868 to register or update your address information
You can also register when you go to vote
Confirm your place of residence
Your place of residence or home address is where you ordinarily live, where you think of as home or have adopted as home.
If you leave your home temporarily (for school, work or any other reason) but intend to return to it, it can remain your place of residence.
Once you've decided on your place of residence, bring ID with that address when you go to register and vote.
Ways to register to vote in a federal election
Register before you go to vote:
Visit elections.ca and use the Online Voter Registration Service to register or update your address information.
Call us at 1-800-463-6868 to request a registration form. You'll need to fill in your information and return it by mail, with proof of identity and address.
If you're registered, you should receive a voter information card in the mail. It tells you where and when you can vote.
Register when you go to vote:
At your local Elections Canada office
Go to your local Elections Canada office before 6:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day. Make sure to bring accepted ID.
At your assigned polling station
Go to your assigned polling station on election day or advance polling days.
Make sure to bring accepted ID.
Did you get your voter information card in the mail?
If your name and address are correct: You're registered
Your card tells you where and when you can vote
No or incorrect info
If you didn't get a card or the information on it is incorrect, visit elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868
Have your ID ready to vote
Three options to prove your identity and address
Option 1: Show one of these pieces of ID
- your driver's licence
- any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address
Option 2: Show two pieces of ID
Both must have your name and at least one must have your current address
- voter information card and bank statement
- utility bill and student ID card
Don't have these? No problem!
There are other pieces of accepted ID
Check out the full list at elections.ca
Option 3: If you don't have ID
You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you.
The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care facilities).
Ways you can vote in the current federal by-election
On election day
Check your voter information card or visit elections.ca to find out where your assigned polling station is located.
On advance polling days
Can't vote on election day? You can vote in advance at your assigned polling station.
Check your voter information card or visit elections.ca to find out where to go.
At your local Elections Canada office
Visit elections.ca to find the Elections Canada office nearest you.
You will vote using the special ballot process. Deadlines apply.
Visit elections.ca to find out more. Deadlines apply.
Voting at your assigned polling station
An election worker greets you and directs you to the right table. If you need help, ask an election worker.
Show your proof of identity and address.
An election worker checks your name on the list of electors and gives you a folded ballot.
Go behind the voting screen, mark your ballot in the circle beside the name of your chosen candidate and refold the ballot to keep it secret.
Return your ballot to the election worker. They will remove the tab so that your ballot can't be traced back to you and hand your ballot back to you.
Put your ballot in the ballot box.
Voting at an Elections Canada office
Voting at an Elections Canada office is different than voting on election day or advance polling days. Here, you will vote using the special ballot process.
- An election worker will greet you at the counter and ask for proof of identity and address.
- The election worker will add, update or confirm your information and ask you to verify it on the computer screen.
- You will be given a ballot and instructions. Ask for the list of candidates for your riding if you need it.
- Go behind the voting screen, mark your ballot and return to the election worker.
- The election worker will give you two envelopes. First, put the ballot in the unmarked inner envelope and seal it. Then, put that envelope and seal it.
- Read the declaration on this outer envelope and sign it.
- Put your envelope in the ballot box.
Keeping your vote secret
When it's time to count the ballots, the election worker will remove all the unmarked inner envelopes from their signed outer envelopes. The election worker will then return only the unmarked inner envelopes to the ballot box and mix them up. This way, no envelope can be traced back to the voter and your vote remains secret.
Your place of residence or home address is where you ordinarily live, where you think of as home or have adopted as home. You must have ID with that address to register and vote.
Once you have decided on your place of residence:
Register to vote or update your address at elections.ca
Make a plan to vote
Make sure to bring ID when you go to vote
Vote before election day
At your assigned polling station on advance polling days
At your local Elections Canada office (deadlines apply)
Apply to vote by mail (deadlines apply)
Vote on election day
At your assigned polling station
Voting assistance tools and services on election day
Bigger ballot with candidate names in large print
Large-print and braille lists of candidates
Tactile and braille voting template
Accessible polling stations. Almost all polling stations are accessible. Visit elections.ca to see if yours meets your needs before you go to vote
Language and sign language interpretation (and other assistance upon request in advance)
Assistance marking your ballot (bring someone you know or ask an election worker)
Large-grip pencil (limited quantity) You can also bring your own pencil to mark your ballot
NOTE: Braille lists of candidates are only available on polling day. Large print is available on advance polling days and on polling day.
If you see something that says it's from Elections Canada but is not included here, it may be incorrect information. Please contact us to let us know, or to share any questions or concerns you have.