Voting is an important civic duty for eligible Canadian citizens. You may vote in a federal election if you
- are a Canadian citizen
- will be 18 or older on election day
- are registered to vote
People who are not available to vote at the polling station on election day can vote
- on advance polling days
- at any Elections Canada office
- by mail
Polling stations are the most common voting option. During the 2019 election, Elections Canada had 20,000 polling stations across Canada.
The voting process
- To vote, people must show proof of their identity and address.
- Each voter gets a ballot from the Elections Canada officials.
- The voter takes the ballot behind a voting screen and marks an X beside the name of their chosen candidate.
- The voter places their ballot in a ballot box.
Why vote in secret? Everyone’s vote is their personal choice. They have the right to make this choice by themselves, without anyone else’s influence.