Filipino guide to voting in the Canada Elections 2019

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In case you haven’t heard, Canada will be having a federal election on Monday, October 21. A lot of Filipinos will be voting in Canada for the first time, here’s the Filipino guide to voting in the Canada Elections 2019.




WHO CAN VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?

Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old can vote on Election Day. This includes dual citizens of both Canada and the Philippines. Permanent Residents, OFWs and visitors cannot vote.

Polling stations will be open for 12 hours on Election Day.

Depending on where you are, polling stations will be open at different times.

For those following Newfoundland Time, Atlantic Time and Central Time, polls will be open from 8:30am to 8:30pm.

For those following Eastern Time, polls will be open from 9:30am to 9:30pm.

For those following Mountain Time and voting in Saskatchewan, polls will be open from 7:30am to 7:30pm.

For those following Pacific Time, polls will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

The hours you will be allowed to vote is printed on your voter information card, which Elections Canada sent by mail.

You can also check the times your local polling stations will be open at [elections.ca].




ABOUT VOTER INFORMATION CARDS

Voter information cards were set out a few weeks ago. If you didn’t receive yours, you can still vote by proving your identity and address before you cast your ballot.

Your polling station’s address is printed on the back of your voter information card.

You can also check online at [elections.ca] or by calling 1 (800) 463-6868.

In order to vote, you have to provide your Driver’s License.

Other photo IDs issued by the Government of Canada (including a valid Canadian passport) or by local, provincial and territorial governments are accepted, as long as it has your photo, name and address.

In case you don’t have a photo ID with your photo, name and address, you can provide two pieces of ID, both of which has your name and at least one of which has your current address. Acceptable IDs include bank statements, voter cards, utility bills and student IDs.

You can check out the entire list of acceptable documents on [elections.ca].




CAN I TAKE A SELFIE WHILE I’M VOTING?

Taking a photo or video of yourself casting your vote is not allowed.

Neither is taking a picture of your marked ballot, so please don’t.

It’s actually a violation of the Canada Elections Act and is a criminal offence.

If you absolutely must, take a picture outside the polling station.




MY POLLING STATION MOVED BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER

If your polling station was moved, you will hear about it on the local radio.

You will also be informed if you call Elections Canada.

And you’ll find out for yourself when you get there and it’s closed. There will be a sign directing you to the new location.




CAN I VOTE IF I WEAR A FACE COVERING FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES?

Yes, you can.

You will, however be requested to remove your face covering to verify your identity by an Elections Canada officer.

If you refuse, you will be asked to make a formal declaration that you are qualified to vote.

Either way, you will be able to vote.




I HAVE WORK ON ELECTION DAY, CAN I STILL VOTE?

Election Law in Canada requires employers to give three hours to their employees to cast their ballots.

Employers who refuse to do so will fined and even jailed.

Employers can use their discretion and allow you to come in late or leave early to vote, but cannot deduct any pay for time taken off to vote.





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