Crucial voter information for Monday, October 19, Federal Election

What if I don’t know what riding I live in?


The federal government has the power to make laws that affect Canada on a national scale, like criminal laws and penitentiaries, declaring war, security, banking, First Nations affairs, and others, unless specifically handled by the province.

You might have to stay up late – or even wait for days! We might now be about to collectively pay the price for ignoring the prime objective of our current electoral system. Most also realize that different versions of proportional representation too often produce divisive cultural or geographically based voting blocs.

The problem a lot of people have with this electoral format is that it doesn’t represent the number of votes cast.

The strength of our democracy is one of them.

What if I’m working while the polls are open?

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament. Your support person will have to take an oath at the polling place, saying they will respect the secrecy of your vote.

The ball game doesn’t start until 8:07 p.m. That leaves you nearly 11 hours to vote without missing a home run or bat flip. But post-election reflection often leads such voters to the conclusion that the current system is unjust as it does not proportionally reflect their political priorities.

Polling is the act of voting. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off. In Manitoba, this means if you work 9 5 p.m. you technically have three hours after work in which you can vote.

You should have received by mail a voter information card that will inform you of the address of your polling division.

If you aren’t, or don’t want to look at your voter card for a few reason, you can find the information on the Elections Canada website.

When the election is declared depends on a number of factors including how many people voted.

– When a polling station closes, the deputy returning officer counts the votes and transmits the results to the returning officer, who immediately relays them electronically to Elections Canada headquarters. A glow of patriotic duty in your heart also helps; it’s optional of course, but no less important. Here are five things to know to have a hassle free voting experience.

How do I find out who won?

Well, that’s up to you.

We’ve got you covered online.

Do I need to be registered to vote? If you can, you should.


In the last federal election in 2011, voter turnout was 61.1%, third lowest in our history.

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