The election is right around the corner! Are you ready?

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO VOTE?

It may not always be obvious, but the decisions that representatives make federally can have a direct effect on your family, neighbourhood, workplace, and overall daily life. It’s important that we are informed on the issues we care about, and cast our votes for representatives that we feel are most likely to work on our behalf. Some examples of issues include housing, health care access, pharmacare, harm reduction services, Indigenous issues, LGBTQ2S+ issues, and food security.

At The Alex, we see voting as a tangible way to advocate for our communities. So inform yourself on the needs and make your vote count on election day!

VOTING DAY

Election day is Monday October 21, 2019. Polls will be open from 7:30am to 7:30pm.

Find out where, how, and if you’re eligible to vote here.

Are you registered to vote?

If you received a voter card in the mail, you are registered. If you’re not sure, you can check here.

You must vote in your home riding. To find out which riding you live in, click here.

If you do not have a permanent address, the Calgary Drop-In Centre will be hosting a polling station at their location on voting day. It will be open 7:30am-7:30pm (1 Dermot Baldwin Way SE, Calgary).

What do you need to bring?

If you have a voter card, bring that and an additional form of ID. If you did not receive a voter card or you’re worried you don’t proper ID, click here . There are many forms of ID you can use to prove your identity. If you do not have any on the list, you can bring another voter from your riding to vouch for you. The person vouching for you must have ID and a permanent address.

If you’re certain you do not have any of the listed forms of ID and no one to vouch for you in your riding, Calgary Legal Guidance will be hosting an I.D. Clinic on-site at the Calgary Drop-In Centre from 10 am – 2 pm on election day for individuals who do not have the identification needed to vote. CLG will provide clients with the opportunity to have a notarized I.D. produced. This, along with the Confirmation of Residence completed by the DI staff can serve as the 2 forms of ID required. Again, you will only need to use this service if they do not have any of the documents listed at the link above.

Is my polling station accessible?

For information on accessibility (e.g., large print, braille, audio, etc.), see this Elections Canada video. If this doesn’t answer your questions about accessibility at your polling station, call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY).

For more information about voting, see CCVO’s Election Tool Kit

RESOURCES FOR MAKING AN INFORMED VOTE

Take a quiz to see where you stand on the issues, and which party you most align with: Vote Compass

Read summaries on where the parties stand on those issues:
How do the main parties compare on these issues?
2019 federal election platform guide: Where the parties stand on everything

Check out a list of the registered political parties and their contact information here.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding voting, please call Elections Canada at  1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY).

Special thanks to Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), the Calgary Drop-In Centre, and I Heart Home for their efforts in sharing election info.

Happy voting!

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