Elections Canada is urging all voters who may be missing appropriate identification to get their paperwork done in the few months remaining before the country goes to the polls. “We’re encouraging electors to be aware now, moving into the general election, that if they don’t have two pieces of ID, they really need to act on that,” an Elections Canada official told reporters Tuesday during a technical briefing on recent changes to the process in. The list of acceptable forms of identification voters can use when they cast their ballots this Oct. 19, however, is quite long.
The label on a bottle of prescription pills, for example, counts as a piece of identification showing your name, and a personal cheque, or showing an electronic bill from the screen of a mobile device, can both be used to prove an address.
“We’re not anticipating problems,” said the official at the technical briefing, which was provided on the condition that officials are not named.
The controversial Fair Elections Act the Conservative government introduced last year did away with the practice of vouching, which allowed someone with required identification to vouch for someone who did not at a polling station on the day of the vote.