Elections Canada

Elections Canada

September 05, 2008 16:30 ET

Electors Must Prove Their Identity and Address When They Vote

Legislation change means Canadians need to present identification at the polls

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2008) -

- Federal by-elections will be held in Guelph (Ontario), Saint-Lambert (Quebec) and Westmount-Ville-Marie (Quebec) on Monday, September 8, 2008.

- All electors must meet new voter identification requirements when they vote in the federal by-elections.

- Electors may choose any of three options to prove their identity and address.

- Some identification documents used at provincial and municipal elections may not meet federal election requirements.

"All electors must now prove their identity and address when they vote. The requirements are flexible, so electors can meet them depending on the identification they have. Elections Canada staff is trained and ready to deal with the new identification requirements," says Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.

Click here to obtain further information about voter identification at the polls.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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