Voters head to the polls Oct. 19

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October 15, 2015 8:15 AM

It’s almost time for voters to cast their ballots in the 2015 federal election. On Oct. 19 it will be decided which party will run this country’s government so the Lloydminster Source caught up with Elections Canada to get some details on how the people can get their voices heard.

“For voter ID, if you have a driver’s licence with your current address on it you’re good to go, otherwise you need two pieces of ID, one with your name and at least one of the two has to have your address,” said Marie-France Kenny, regional media advisor for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“For example, and the list is at elections.ca, you can have your health card and a utility bill, which would have your name and address. So that’s what you would need to vote. There are other options as well, if you don’t have proof of address you can sign a note and have someone from your polling division sign a note for you, saying they know you live at this address.”

New Canadians can also use their citizen card as a form of identification. For First Nations residents who don’t have a civic address, they can get a letter of confirmation of residence from their band authority or reserve authority, which can also be downloaded. According to elections.ca, it is also possible to register at the polling station on voting day but it is recommended to have already registered because it’s faster and easier.

In the city, Battlefords-Lloydminster residents can vote on Oct. 19 from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at St. John Anglican Church, 4709 49 Ave. Lakeland residents can vote on Oct. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Servus Sports Centre, 5209 12 St.

According to media reports, Elections Canada says 3.6 million people voted in the advance polls, which were open across the country from Oct. 9 to 13.

That is a 71 per cent increase from advance polling numbers in 2011.

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