Voting in the 2019 Federal Election

Every eligible member of the UBC community is encouraged to take part in this cornerstone of civic engagement and of Canada’s system of representative democracy.

For the 2019 Federal Election, Canada is divided into 338 geographic areas or “electoral districts”, also known as “constituencies” or “ridings”. UBC Vancouver is located in the electoral district of “Vancouver—Quadra”, while UBC Okanagan is located in the “Kelowna—Lake Country” electoral district, though members of the UBC community live in many different ridings across BC and Canada. Each federal electoral district elects one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of Canada.

To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old on election day, Monday, October 21.

For more information on voting, select your UBC community:

 


I am part of UBC Vancouver

  1. In which electoral district do I vote?
  2. Do I need to register to vote?
  3. How do I vote?
  4. What do I need to bring with me to vote?

1. In which electoral district do I vote?

Each eligible voter may cast one vote for one candidate in the electoral district in which he or she lives. Many Canadians live in  more than one electoral district throughout the year and may choose in which of these electoral districts to vote, provided they show documentation to prove their address.

Because students and other members of the UBC community are drawn to our campus from communities across Canada, many will have a choice regarding the electoral district in which they vote. For example, students from all across Canada have moved to UBC or surrounding areas in order to study, and may return ‘home’ for some portion of the year. These students can choose to either vote in the electoral district in which they live while studying at UBC, or in their ‘home’ electoral district. In either case, students must show documentation proving their address.

2. Do I need to register to vote?

Registering to vote before you arrive at your polling place is not required, but it can make the voting process easier. Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered in a specific electoral district, but there are several ways to change where you are registered to vote.

To check if and where you’re registered, use the Online Voter Registration Service or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868

To register or change where you are registered, you may wish to use the Online Voter Registration Service before Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. You must prove your identity and address to register. See below or visit ID to vote for the full list of accepted ID.

Remember, you do not need to register in advance. You can also register at a “Vote on Campus” office, Elections Canada office, or at your assigned polling station when you go to vote.

3. How do I vote?

Option 1: Vote on campus from October 5 to October 9

This option is open to all eligible voters, regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting.

From October 5 to October 9, Elections Canada is setting up a special “Vote on Campus” office at UBC Vancouver. Regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting, any eligible voter can register and vote at this office through the special ballot process.

The Vote on Campus office will be located at:

The Ballroom, AMS Student Nest
6133 University Boulevard
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1

The office will be open on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday Oct. 5th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 6th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday Oct. 7th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday Oct. 8th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 9th from 10 a.m to 10 p.m.

Option 2: Vote at your assigned polling station on advance polling days

Advance polls are open for four days from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

To find your correct advance polling station, use Elections Canada’s Voter Information Service after October 2.

If you live in residence or in the UBC neighbourhoods, your advance polling station is at University Hill Secondary School, 3228 Ross Drive.

Option 3: Vote at your assigned polling station on election day

Election day polling stations will be open on Monday, October 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Your polling station is determined by where you live in your electoral district, and you cannot vote at any other polling station in your electoral district.  (See “In which electoral district do I vote?” above)

To find the correct polling station, use Election Canada’s Voter Information Service after October 2.

Option 4: Vote at any Elections Canada office

Regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting, any eligible voter can vote at any one of over 500 Elections Canada offices across the country before Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

These offices are open:

  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m

The closest Elections Canada office to UBC Vancouver is located at 2106 Broadway West (at Arbutus St).

4. What do I need to bring with me to vote?

To register and to vote, you have to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

Option 1: Show one piece of government ID that has your photo, name and address.

Examples:

  • Your driver’s licence
  • Any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and address

Remember that the address on your ID must correspond to the electoral district in which you are voting

Option 2: Show two pieces of ID. Both must have your name and at least one must have your address.

Examples:

  • UBC student card & utility bill
  • Passport & credit card statement
  • Birth certificate & residential lease or sub-lease
  • Social Insurance Number Card & Letter of Confirmation of Residence (available from your residence if you live on campus)

Check out the list of accepted ID from Elections Canada to prove your identity and address under Option 2.

Option 3: If you don’t have ID

You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is also assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one other person.


I am part of UBC Okanagan

  1. In which electoral district do I vote?
  2. Do I need to register to vote?
  3. How do I vote?
  4. What do I need to bring with me to vote?

1. In which electoral district do I vote?

Each eligible voter may cast one vote for one candidate in the electoral district in which he or she lives. Many Canadians live in  more than one electoral district throughout the year and may choose in which of these electoral districts to vote, provided they show documentation to prove their address.

Because students and other members of the UBC community are drawn to our campus from communities across Canada, many will have a choice regarding the electoral district in which they vote. For example, students from all across Canada have moved to UBC or surrounding areas in order to study, and may return ‘home’ for some portion of the year. These students can choose to either vote in the electoral district in which they live while studying at UBC, or in their ‘home’ electoral district. In either case, students must show documentation proving their address.

2. Do I need to register to vote?

Registering to vote before you arrive at your polling place is not required, but it can make the voting process easier. Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered in a specific electoral district, but there are several ways to change where you are registered to vote.

To check if and where you’re registered, use the Online Voter Registration Service or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868

To register or change where you are registered, you may wish to use the Online Voter Registration Service before Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. You must prove your identity and address to register. See below or visit ID to vote for the full list of accepted ID.

Remember, you do not need to register in advance. You can also register at a “Vote on Campus” office, Elections Canada office, or at your assigned polling station when you go to vote.

3. How do I vote?

Option 1: Vote on campus from October 5 to October 9

This option is open to all eligible voters, regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting.

From October 5 to October 9, Elections Canada is setting up a special “Vote on Campus” office at UBC Okanagan. Regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting, any eligible voter can register and vote at one of these offices through the special ballot process.

The Vote on Campus office will be located at:

Foyer, Administration Building
1138 Alumni Avenue
Kelowna BC V1V 1V7

The office will be open on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday Oct. 5th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 6th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday Oct. 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday Oct. 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday Oct. 9th from 9:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m.

Option 2: Vote at your assigned polling station on advance polling days

Advance polls are open for four days from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

To find your correct advance polling station, use Elections Canada’s Voter Information Service after October 2.

If you live in residence, your advanced polling station is at Winfield Memorial Hall, 10130 Bottom Wood Lake Rd.

Option 3: Vote at your assigned polling station on election day

Election day polling stations will be open on Monday, October 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Your polling station is determined by where you live in your electoral district, and you cannot vote at any other polling station in your electoral district.  (See “In which electoral district do I vote?” above)

To find the correct polling station, use Election Canada’s Voter Information Service after October 2.

Option 4: Vote at any Elections Canada office

Regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting, any eligible voter can vote at any one of over 500 Elections Canada offices across the country before Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

These offices are open:

  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m

The closest Elections Canada office to UBC Okanagan is located at 1628 Dickson Avenue, Suite 220.

 

4. What do I need to bring with me to vote?

To register and to vote, you have to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

Option 1: Show one piece of government ID that has your photo, name and address.

Examples:

  • Your driver’s licence
  • Any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and address

Remember that the address on your ID must correspond to the electoral district in which you are voting

Option 2: Show two pieces of ID. Both must have your name and at least one must have your address.

Examples:

  • UBC student card & utility bill
  • Passport & credit card statement
  • Birth certificate & residential lease or sub-lease
  • Social Insurance Number Card & Letter of Confirmation of Residence (available from your residence if you live on campus)

Check out the list of accepted ID from Elections Canada to prove your identity and address under Option 2.

Option 3: If you don’t have ID

You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is also assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one other person.


I am part of the UBC community living elsewhere in Canada

  1. In which electoral district do I vote?
  2. Do I need to register to vote?
  3. How do I vote?
  4. What do I need to bring with me to vote?

 

1. In which electoral district do I vote?

Each eligible voter may cast one vote for one candidate in the electoral district in which he or she lives. Many Canadians live in more than one electoral district throughout the year and may choose in which of these electoral districts to vote, provided they show documentation to prove their address.

For example, members of the UBC community may be conducting research in locations across Canada and may also return to campus or return ‘home’ for some portion of the year. In this case, an individual may choose in which of these electoral districts to vote, provided they can show documentation proving their address.

2. Do I need to register to vote?

Registering to vote before you arrive at your polling place is not required, but it can make the voting process easier. Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered in a specific electoral district, but there are several ways to change where you are registered to vote.

To check if and where you’re registered, use the Online Voter Registration Service or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868

To register or change where you are registered, you may wish to use the Online Voter Registration Service before Tuesday, October 15 at 6 p.m. You must prove your identity and address to register. See below or visit ID to vote for the full list of accepted ID.

Remember, you do not need to register in advance. You can also register at a “Vote on Campus” office, Elections Canada office, or at your assigned polling station when you go to vote.

 

3. How do I vote?

Option 1: Vote at any Elections Canada office

Regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting, any eligible voter can vote at any one of over 500 Elections Canada offices across the country before Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

These offices are open:

  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m

Option 2: Vote at your assigned polling station on advance polling days

Advance polls are open for four days from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

To find your correct advance polling station, use Elections Canada’s Voter Information Service after October 2.

Option 3: Vote at your assigned polling station on election day

Election day polling stations will be open on Monday, October 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Your polling station is determined by where you live in your electoral district, and you cannot vote at any other polling station in your electoral district.  (See “In which electoral district do I vote?” above).

To find the correct polling station, use Election Canada’s Voter Information Service after October 2.

4. What do I need to bring with me to vote?

To register and to vote, you have to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

Option 1: Show one piece of government ID that has your photo, name and address.

Examples:

  • Your driver’s licence
  • Any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and address

Remember that the address on your ID must correspond to the electoral district in which you are voting

Option 2: Show two pieces of ID. Both must have your name and at least one must have your address.

Examples:

  • UBC student card & utility bill
  • Passport & credit card statement
  • Birth certificate & residential lease or sub-lease
  • Social Insurance Number Card & Letter of Confirmation of Residence (available from your residence if you live on campus)

Check out the list of accepted ID from Elections Canada to prove your identity and address under Option 2.

Option 3: If you don’t have ID

You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is also assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one other person.


I am part of the UBC community living abroad

Canadian citizens who are eligible to vote and are living abroad may apply to receive a special ballot voting kit, provided they have lived in Canada at some point in their life. Each eligible voter may cast one vote for one candidate in the electoral district in which he or she last resided.

You must apply either online or by mail to have your name added to the International Register of Electors and receive a special ballot voting kit. You can download the required application form or request that it be printed at any Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

You must provide a copy of one of the following pieces of ID with your application:

  • pages 2 and 3 of your Canadian passport
  • your Canadian citizenship certificate or card
  • your birth certificate, showing that you were born in Canada

When you receive your special ballot voting kit, simply fill out your special ballot and mail it back to Elections Canada. It must be received by election day, Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

For more information, visit the Elections Canada website or call one of the numbers below:

  • 613-993-2975 (Elections Canada accepts collect calls)
  • 1-800-463-6868 (toll-free from Canada and the United States)
  • 001-800-514-6868 (toll-free from Mexico)
  • TTY 1-800-361-8935 (toll-free from Canada and the United States)