Elections Canada

Elections Canada

September 05, 2007 10:45 ET

Electors MUST Prove Their Identity and Residential Address When They Vote!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2007) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, is advising all electors to bring identification when they vote at the upcoming by-elections in Quebec. The Canada Elections Act was amended when Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Public Service Employment Act received royal assent on June 22, 2007.

"This represents a significant change in how Canadians vote," said Mr. Mayrand. "Electors must now prove their identity and residential address at the time they vote."

Electors can prove their identity and residential address in one of three ways:

- provide one original piece of identification issued by any level of Canadian government or an agency of that government that contains the elector's photo, name and residential address; or

- provide two original pieces of identification from a list authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Both must contain the name of the elector and one must also contain the elector's residential address; or

- be vouched for by an elector whose name appears on the list of electors in the same polling division and who has acceptable pieces of identification. Both will be required to make a sworn statement. An elector cannot vouch for more than one person, and the person who has been vouched for cannot vouch for another elector.

Note that some identification documents used at provincial and municipal elections may not meet requirements at the federal level. The Canada Elections Act requires that all electors prove their identity and residential address.

By-elections will be held in Outremont, Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean and Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot on Monday, September 17, 2007.

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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