I’m First Nation and I Vote: How to Vote in the Federal Election
September 9, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Am I eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote if you are 18 years of age or older, a Canadian citizen, and if you are registered to vote.
How do I register to vote?
To vote in a federal election, your name must be on Elections Canada’s voters list. To register to vote (or to check if you are already registered), you can:
- Use the online voter registration service (E-Registration) at elections.ca/register. If you are not already registered, E-Registration will guide you in completing an online printable registration form.
- Call Elections Canada. If you are not registered, they will e-mail, mail or fax you a registration form.
- Register at the polls. If you can’t register ahead of time, you can still register when you go vote.
How do I vote in a federal election?
Elections Canada mails all registered voters a voter information card soon after the election is called. The voter information card tells you where, when and the ways to vote.
If you did not register in time to receive the voter information card, you can also visit elections.ca/vote or call Elections Canada for more information.
There are different ways you can vote.
Whichever way you choose, you will need to prove your identity and address. The options are:
- On Election Day: go to your polling station to vote. Take your voter information card, valid identification and proof of address with you when you go to vote. The date, times and address will be on the card.
- At the advance polls: You can vote earlier by voting at the advance polls. These are polling stations made available before Election Day for those who are unable to vote during the regular time. They are held on the tenth, ninth, eighth and seventh day before Election Day.
How do I contact Elections Canada?
Call 1-800-463-6868 or visit http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx
- Elections Canada Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days a week. For a list of locations, contact Elections Canada or check out the website.
- By mail To vote by mail, you need to: Complete and print a request form online or get one at any Elections Canada office. Send Elections Canada your form with a copy of your ID and they’ll mail you a voting kit. Return your marked ballot to Elections Canada before the deadline on Election Day.
There are deadlines to vote by mail. Once you request a voting kit, you can’t vote on Election Day or on advance voting days.
I live on a reserve. Can I vote?
Yes, polling stations are established on reserve when the polling division is completely (or mostly) made up of a reserve. In most cases, the polling station is located at the band council office or the community centre. If the band council does not allow a polling station to be set up on the reserve, it will be located in an area outside of the reserve.
What identification do I need to vote?
You need to prove your identity and address to vote. Show your driver’s license or any government card with your photo, name and address. Or Show two pieces of ID: both pieces must have your name, and one must have your address. For example: your health card and a utility bill.
Which address do I use to register?
If you live in two places – one while at school, the other while away from school – choose which you consider home and use that address to register.
You vote for a candidate in the riding where your home address is located.
When and where can I vote? In your home riding, you can vote on Election Day or on advance voting days.
There are many different pieces of ID you can use to vote. Visit elections.ca/id or call Elections Canada for more information.
What happens when I go vote?
- When you enter the polling place, an election worker greets you and shows you to the right table.
- At your table, show your proof of identity and address.
- The election worker will initial, fold and hand you a ballot.
- Go behind the voting screen, mark and refold your ballot to keep it secret.
- Return your ballot to the worker so they can tear off the tab.
- Put your ballot in the box.
What is the difference between the federal and provincial elections?