Voting in the upcoming election
Credit: JESSICA THOMPSON
On Oct. 19 the 42nd Federal Election of Canada will be held. Allow your opinion to be heard by casting a ballot.
Every Canadian citizen has the right to vote in elections once they turn 18. Unfortunately, the majority of people aged 18 to 24 do not vote. And for those who do, the Fair Elections Act has made it more challenging for you to do so by eliminating vouching and the use of Voter Identification Cards.
Here is a breakdown of what you will need to bring with you to vote in the Federal Election on Oct. 19. Fanshawe will also be having an Advance Poll located in Oasis on Oct.16.
If you have a Driver’s License or Provincial ID card with your current London address on it, then you are set and do not require any further identification.
If you are like most students though, and still have your parent’s address as your own, you will have to bring more documentation. You will need to have two secondary identification items with you and one of these must have your current address on it, which cannot be handwritten. You can view the full list at elections.ca. Some examples of supplementary pieces of identification are:
• Student card
• Canadian passport
• Credit card
• Birth certificate
• Health card
• Utility bill (internet, cable, electricity, etc.)
• Bank/credit card statement
• Residential lease (will accept photo of lease)
• Correspondence issued by Fanshawe (or another college/ university)
• Letter of confirmation of residence for student residences
If you still do not meet the requirements because of a lack of residential proof, Elections Canada will allow you and one other person to take a written oath attesting to your current address. To be able to do this, you must still bring two pieces of ID to verify your identity.
Democracy is one of the beautiful things about Canada. It means that you can make your voice heard, which is something that most of us take for granted. On Oct.19 make sure to vote.