Elections Canada

Elections Canada

September 13, 2007 14:38 ET

Important Reminders for Electors on Election Day, Monday, September 17, 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2007) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, issued some reminders today to help electors cast their ballots at the federal by-elections on Monday, September 17, 2007, in Outremont (Quebec), Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean (Quebec) and Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot (Quebec).

The address and voting hours of an elector's polling station are shown on the voter information card that he or she received in the mail. "An elector must vote at the polling station for his or her own polling division, which is determined by the home address," stated Mr. Mayrand. "It's a good idea to bring your card with you when you go to vote. It is not an identification document, but it will give you quicker access to your polling station," added Mr. Mayrand.

Any elector who did not receive his or her voter information card should contact the local Elections Canada office in his or her electoral district to get the address of the polling station. This information can also be obtained by going to Elections Canada's home page at www.elections.ca and typing your postal code under "Find your electoral district", or by calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

Canadian citizens 18 years of age or over on election day are eligible to vote. The names of all registered electors appear on the lists of electors. Any elector whose name is not on the lists may still register on election day, before voting.

Employers must, if necessary, alter the working hours of their employees who are qualified to vote, to allow employees at least three consecutive hours to vote while their polling stations are open. No employer may make a deduction from the pay of an employee, or impose a penalty, for the time that the employer must allow for voting.

An elector requiring assistance to vote may request it from an election officer present at the polling station, or may be accompanied behind the voting screen by a friend. The friend must first swear an oath to follow the elector's instructions, not to try to influence his or her choice and not to disclose how the elector voted. An individual may help only one voter in any given election.

A large size ballot mock-up and a voting template will be available at all polling stations to further accommodate the needs of electors with visual impairments. The deputy returning officer will provide a mock-up and/or template to any elector who requests them to facilitate the exercise of his or her right to vote.

All polling stations have level access unless otherwise indicated on the voter information card.

The Chief Electoral Officer reminds electors that it is an offence to vote more than once at an election.

For further information, electors may contact the local Elections Canada office, visit www.elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868.

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.


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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