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Monday is the last day for voting at advance polls this federal election

Last Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 11:48 am PDT


Monday marks the beginning of the last week of the federal election campaign

It's unclear whether the pandemic will heavily impact voter turnout, so politicians are getting creative

Parties will be campaigning intensely over the coming days with phone calls, events, and more

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.

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.

Elections Canada said weeks ahead of voting day and amid ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemicthat it was hiring more people to deal with the growing number of mail-in ballots being requested.

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.

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