ELECTION 2015: Advanced voting on Thanksgiving weekend

Courtenay-Alberni: Advanced voting days for Canada’s 42nd federal election start Friday, Oct. 9—and here’s what you need to know.

Advanced voting days for Canada’s 42nd federal election start Friday, Oct. 9—and here’s what you need to know.

Advanced voting days run all of the Thanksgiving long weekend until 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12.

The advanced polls are located at the Lawn Bowling Club at 4255-A Wallace St; the building is wheelchair accessible.

Opening hours are noon to 8 p.m. on all four advanced voting days, including the statutory Thanksgiving Monday holiday.

You have three options to prove your identity. The first is to bring one piece of government issued I.D. with your name, photo and current address. An easy option is a driver’s licence or a provincial I.D. card; in B.C., that’s a B.C. I.D. card.

If you don’t have one of the above, then you can bring two forms of I.D. and at least one must have your current address. Credit cards statements, government or personal cheques or correspondence from an educational institution are all suitable options.

If you have no I.D. that shows your address you may have someone attest to your address.

The individual attesting to your address must be registered in the same polling division, provide proof of identity and address and may only attest for one person.

Your voter information card is not I.D.; however, you should bring it anyway as it will make voting quicker and more efficient.

If you have any questions or concerns about voting, contact your local election office located at 4805 Mar St. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays.

The toll-free phone number is 1-866-499-8028. Or, visit www.elections.ca.



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