Advance polls open early for voters

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You can find more information on ID options here.

There's a lot of information to know and with debates, scandals, and Twitter flame wars occupying your airwaves, you might've forgotten to actually register to vote.

You can also register in person by visiting your closest Elections Canada office!

Zain Ahmad, a first-time federal voter and University of Toronto student, said that the voting process was "really easy and straightforward".

The official date of Canada's 2019 federal election is October 21.

Advance polling stations will be open from Friday Oct. 11 through to holiday Monday Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.

By now, you should have received your voter information card in the mail.

There's a catch though - for advance polls, voters can only vote at their assigned polling station.

When are advance polls open?

If you won't be able to vote on either the federal election day, October 21, or in the advance polls, there are other options. You must prove your identity and address to register.

If you don't have one standard government issued photo ID (like a driver's license), you'll be asked to show two pieces of ID.

"If you are from B.C. for example, you can come into the office and get what's called a national ballot, as long as you cast that by Tuesday next week".

Voting as part of the Vote on Campus program is done with a special ballot.

"I was already registered online in my home district", Ahmad said, "so I just had to show my ID and they gave me a book which had the names of the people running in my riding".

The six major parties vying for your vote are the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the New Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Bloc Quebecois, and the People's Party of Canada. You can look up your local election day polling station by entering your postal code here.

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