It’s coming quickly. The opportunity to vote for the federal candidate of your choice will be over and done by Sept. 20.
This time around, everyone eligible to vote can do so in one of four ways including on election day, Monday, Sept. 20.
Voter information cards are being mailed out, and voters are advised to check and update the address and other contact information. Contact Elections Canada if it hasn’t arrived by Sept. 10.
Voting on election day means a trip to your designated polling station. Be sure you have your identification with you.
Virden’s polling station is at the Royal Canadian Legion for example, and Miniota area residents vote at the Miniota curling rink. The location of your designated polling station is on the information card along with the location of your advance polling station. Voters who think they may be unavailable or out of the riding on voting day can opt to vote at an advance poll between Sept. 10 – 13.
Or, you can vote in person at any of 500 Elections Canada offices, any time until September 14. There are Elections Canada offices in Brandon and Minnedosa.
Options for vulnerable people, and for those who are not in the riding for any reason include a mail-in vote. To vote by mail, apply online or at any Elections Canada office across Canada. Don't wait – you must apply before Tuesday, Sept.14, 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.
To order a mail-in ballot you must upload proof of identity and address. Once your application to vote by mail is approved, you can't change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day. Your ballot must arrive at Elections Canada by election day, or it cannot be counted.
While the province has declared a vaccine passport system for dining in restaurants, attending sporting events and some other events considered to be non-essential, voting is not one of these. Voting is an essential service.
Elections Canada will not require electors to provide proof of vaccination. Information on the website says that Elections Canada has been consulting and working with public health authorities to ensure polling places are safe. They have implemented health and safety measures at local offices and for election day polls and advance polls. These include mask wearing, physical distancing, protective barriers, frequent cleaning and single-use pencils. You can also bring and use your own pen or pencil.
Given the timing of the election, recruitment needs and logistical challenges, Elections Canada will not require election workers to be vaccinated. Public health authorities have confirmed that staff can provide a safe environment. They also advise that as the COVID-19 situation evolves, “we will continue to adjust our safety measures based on their recommendations.”