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Decision 2008: 40th General Election – October 14, 2008

12-Oct-08 03:56 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

To those of you who know me well, you know me as a partly political animal. I’ve always been keenly interested in politics (to varying degrees over time) and although many of you are probably feeling "electioned out" perhaps not having exactly the same stomach as mine for this stuff, we’re now at the end of the campaign and it’s time to cast your ballot.

Now last time, a number of you I’d asked about voting told me "I didn’t have my ID," or "I didn’t know where the polling booth was" or some other excuse.  In Canada we’ve made virtually every reasonable accommodation to ensure voting is as easy and painless as possible.  Last year, my buddy Oz (sorry to "out" ya pal) said he couldn’t vote because when he showed up at the polling station he was told his ID wasn’t adequate – I think he’d forgotten his heath card at home or something and his birth certificate was rejected.  Yet he could have voted had he simply asked me to come along (as I’d suggested)!  You’ll note in the rule below, option #3:

Elections Canada On-Line | 40th General Election – October 14, 2008

…which means that even if you forgot your ID like Oz, you can be sworn in at the polling station if another elector (like me) vouches for your identity and then cast a vote (although it is just easier if you remember your ID, plus you can go by yourself then).  You don’t need to have been mailed a voting card, as I somehow have not been for the past several years now.

So all you have to do is show up with a friend who has ID at your polling station – remember that!  And if they tell you you can’t vote, refer them to their own website and cite option #3 indicating you’d like be sworn in so that you can vote.

Remember to cast a ballot on Tuesday, October 14th!

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