FEDERAL ELECTION 2019

Apathy is Boring is part of a network of organizations leading the largest non-partisan voter campaign in Canadian history. Throughout 2019, we are committed to making it as easy, meaningful and fun for young Canadians to get out and VOTE!   

VOTING 101

When is the election? Voting Day is MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019.

How do I get in on the action?

To vote, you must be at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen. You also have to be registered with Elections Canada, the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums.
How do I register?

Registration is super easy and takes just a few minutes at Elections Canada's registration page. There is no deadline to register. You can even register at your polling station when you go to vote. But if you register now, you'll get a Voter Information Card in the mail that tells you exactly when and where to vote. Information coming to you instead of you going out to find it - how about that!

Other ways to register:
- Check the Elections Canada box when you file your taxes every year
- Contact Elections Canada:
Email: info@elections.ca
Phone: 1-800-463-6868
- At a local Elections Canada office*
* Only available after an election is called

Where do I vote?

On Voting Day and during Advance Polls, you will vote at your local polling station, often a school, church or community centre, close to where you live. 

BTW Advance Polls will open over Thanksgiving Weekend: October 11 - October 14.

For the college/university student, Elections Canada is making voting more convenient by setting up special polling stations on more than 100 campuses across the country. These will open from October 5 - October 9.

You could even vote NOW if you want to! There are more than 500 Elections Canada offices across the country where you can use the special ballot process.

What if I can't physically make it to vote?

If you're busy on Election Day, can't make any of the advance voting days, don't go to college or university, and can't visit a local Elections Canada office, then you can apply to vote by mail. Just be aware there are different steps to take whether you're IN CANADA or AWAY FROM CANADA. And different steps means different deadlines to pay attention to. Also, mail in votes are considered "special votes," which means if your application is accepted you can't suddenly change your mind and decide to go to a regular voting station. There are more rules surrounding special voting, which you can see here.

Do I need ID to vote?

Yes!

When you go to vote, you must bring ID that proves your identity and current address. The easiest ID to bring is a driver's license or provincial/territorial card, or any other government card that has your photo, name, and address.

You can also bring 2 pieces of ID from this list.

If you don't have any ID with your address on it, show two pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address. This person must show proof of identity and address, be registered in the same polling division, and attest for only one person.

Who am I voting for?

You'll be voting for 1 of 338 Members of Parliament (MPs) to sit in the House of Commons (see below). Each MP represents a riding, so you'll be choosing one candidate in your riding to send to Ottawa. The party that elects the most MPs forms government (usually) and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister (again usually).

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OH you want to know who EXACTLY to vote for? That's all up to you, but we can lead you to some friends of ours to help you figure out which party/candidate you like most!

CBC: How do you like your media? Canada's public broadcaster pretty much has it all. Podcasts (Party Lines, Front Burner). YouTube (including the fun Face to Face with the party leaders series). Blogs. And your traditional print news.

Vote Compass: Also from CBC. Are you unsure which party best reflects what you care most about? Try out the Vote Compass! Just answer a series of questions and the Vote Compass wizards will lead you down the (hopefully) right path. There are links to various stories if you want to learn more about how a party plans to tackle a certain issue.

Macleans: For those who love long reads, Macleans has a handy federal election guide so you can see what each party says about an issue. Pick the issue you like or read the whole thing!

Pollenize: A more visually friendly way to compare the platforms of the six main parties. This one lets you mark a star for each response to an issue you like and keeps track of which parties you've given the most stars to. That should help you figure out who deserves your vote.

I Can Party: And now, so can you because you have each of the parties's platforms summed up and laid out for you. To make it extra handy, this website lets you compare party platforms side by side so if you're stuck in the middle of two (or three, or four) of the options, you can quickly look back and forth between the responses to figure out which one sounds best. Less clicking, more politicking.

The Samara Centre for Democracy: One of our BFFs, these folks are all about strengthening Canada's democracy. Check out their site for Youtube videos, blogs, podcasts and other resources that will help you navigate elections and how to talk about politics without alienating your loved ones.

#YourFirstTime

Tip 1 : Preparing ahead
Tip 2: Doing it before your friends
Tip 3: Doing it on campus
Tip 4: Keeping it in your pocket
Tip 5: Using your phone
Tip 6: Doing it with a friend

How can YOU help us?

Our street teams will be out in full force in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. If you're interested in helping us educate young Canadians about voting this year, sign up!

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