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Voting Process - Video

Transcript: Voting Process

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Super: let's take a look – Voting

Narrator: let's take a look at the most important part of the electoral process—voting. There are measures in place to ensure the integrity of the vote.

Visual: A safety badge appears. A line appears linking the safety badge to text that says “Only eligible electors can vote.” Another line appears linking the safety badge to text that says “They vote only once.”

Narrator: These measures ensure that only eligible electors can vote, that they vote only once, and that they only cast a vote for a candidate in the riding where they are registered.

Visual: The safety badge flips over and a Voter Information Card appears on screen. The card flips to the back to show the polling place address.

Narrator: During the election period, registered electors will receive a voter information card in the mail, telling them where and when they can vote. Electors must first prove their identity and address to be allowed to vote.

Narrator: One way this can be done is by showing one piece of government-issued photo ID with name and address, such as a driver's license.

Visual: An identity card appears on screen with photo, name and address.

Narrator: There are several other options, such as showing two pieces of ID, both with their name and at least one with their address, such as a health card and a utility bill.

Visual: A piece of paper appears next to an identity card that says “utility bill.”

Narrator: Once electors have proven their identity and address, they receive a ballot that has the initials of an election worker on it.

Visual: A blank ballot appears. The ballot folds to show a signature on the back of it.

Narrator: Another election worker strikes electors' names off the list of registered electors to show that they have voted.

Visual: A list of electors appears next to the ballot. The top line is crossed out.

Narrator: In Canada, we use paper ballots marked and counted by hand. We do not cast or count ballots electronically, so they cannot be hacked.

Visual: A computer appears behind a prohibited sign.

Narrator: The law clearly states how ballots must be produced and handled.

Visual: A blank ballot appears. There is a close-up of a serial number on the bottom left.

Narrator: Ballots have several security features, including a specific pigment used to colour the paper, and a counterfoil with a unique, sequential serial number. The sequential serial numbers are used by the poll workers keep track the ballots that have been issued.

Visual: A blank ballot appears. There is a close-up of a serial number on the bottom left.

Narrator: When the elector returns their ballot, the first election worker checks their initials on the back and the serial number on the counterfoil to ensure that it is indeed the same ballot originally given to the elector.  Then, they remove the counterfoil and the elector is given back their ballot to put in the ballot box.

Visual: The ballot folds. The counterfoil separates from the ballot. A book appears that says “Specimen Book of Ballot Papers.” The booklet opens to show a stub with the same serial number as the ballot. The counterfoil from the ballot is removed.

Narrator: Voting is completely secret. It is illegal to leave the polling station with your ballot or take a picture of a marked ballot. This prevents people from being intimidated or paid to vote a certain way.

Visual: A “Top Secret” sign appears.

Visual: Fade to black. A large X appears with the campaign tagline “It's Our Vote”. The tagline fades while the X flies off to settle into the X in the Elections Canada logo which appears on screen. The URL elections.ca appears on screen, followed by the toll-free number 1-800-463-6868 and the TTY number 1-800-361-8935.

Super: X It's Our Vote

Elections Canada logo – elections.ca – 1-800-463-6868 – TTY 1-800-361-8935