Elections Canada

Elections Canada

September 06, 2007 18:02 ET

Elections Canada Reiterates the Statutory Requirements Regarding the Identification of Electors Wearing Face Coverings

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2007) - Canada's Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, reiterated the statutory requirements regarding the identification of electors wearing face coverings for religious practices.

There are several ways that electors can choose to prove their identity and residential address, some of which do not entail having to remove face coverings. There are, however, situations where an elector will be required to show her face before being able to vote.

If the elector presents an original government-issued photo identification that contains her name and residential address, the following options apply:

1. The elector may choose to unveil, OR

2. The elector can produce a second original piece of identification from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada's authorized list of identification as proof of the individual's identity, OR

3. Another elector registered in the same polling division who is able to produce satisfactory identification establishing his or her own identity and residential address could vouch for the elector. Both the voucher and vouchee would be required to make a sworn statement under oath. An elector can vouch only for one elector.

If the elector presents only one original piece of government-issued photo identification (as described above) and does not possess a second identification from the authorized list, and cannot be vouched for by another elector, the elector will be asked by the election officer to show her face to establish identity. If the elector refuses to show her face, the elector will not be allowed to vote.

If the elector does not possess government-issued photo identification or two pieces of identification containing her name, and one containing her residential address from the authorized list of identification, another elector registered in the same polling division who is able to produce satisfactory identification establishing his or her own identity and residential address could vouch for the elector. Both the voucher and vouchee would be required to make a sworn statement under oath. An elector can vouch only for one elector.

If the elector does not possess any acceptable identification and does not have another elector who can vouch for her, the elector would not be allowed to vote.

The list of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada is available at www.elections.ca.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

IMPORTANT!

Changes have been made to the Canada Elections Act.

All electors MUST prove their identity and residential address when they vote. For more detailed information on voter identification, visit www.elections.ca.

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