VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — With one week to go until Election Day in Canada and Monday marking the last day of advance voting, there’s a final push from party leaders to get Canadians’ support.
It’s unclear whether the pandemic is going to heavily affect voter turnout, so politicians have been taking creative approaches to get people out to vote. In addition to phone calls and door-knocking, the NDP will be trying to reach gamers through Animal Crossing, for example. One way they’re doing that is by creating custom fireworks for players to download.
“It’s going to be different this time around compared to 2019 and 2015,” political scientist Dwayne Brad said.
Advance polls began on Friday and span four days. You can vote early at an advance polling station up until 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, or until 6 p.m. Tuesday at an Elections Canada office.
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Tuesday is also the cutoff for people to apply to vote by mail.
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— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 2021
Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it’s brought, there are some changes to voting locations that people should take note of. Mainly, you may notice that your voting location has moved from previous years.
You can also vote by mail, but you must apply to do so before Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in order to get your kit on time. All mail-in ballots must reach Elections Canada by Election Day.
The federal agency has said it’s possible up to six million Canadians could vote by mail this year.
This year, key subjects covered at the debates include the country’s COVID-19 response, cost of living, and natural resource management, among other issues.
It should be noted that if you request a mail-in ballot, you must use it — even if you change your mind. You can still take your special ballot and submit it to a polling station in-person if you so choose.
“You can return that ballot in-person to your local returning office in your electoral district, or, on polling day, you can have a neighbour or someone who’s in the same polling district as you, take it to the polling place,” Andrea Marantz, the B.C. spokesperson for Elections, said in August.
If you’re one of the many people who plans to vote on election day at your local polling station, you’re being reminded that, by law, your employer has to give you three consecutive hours to do so. Your employer gets to decide what hours you take.
If they don’t, they could face hefty fines or even jail time.