This federal election is the first one since the Fair Elections Act was passed, which changed quite a few of the rules on what needs to be show as ID to vote and caused confusion.
The BC Civil Liberties Association had some concerns about people not knowing what ID they actually need – as Executive Director Josh Patterson said he was asked for ID far beyond what was required.
As Monday fast approaches, here’s what electors should know:
You don’t necessarily need photo ID to vote.
Under the changes that the Fair Elections Act brought, there are a few options for going about proving who you are and what riding you live in.
First, you can use one piece of government issued ID with their current address and a photo. (A driver’s licence, and provincial/territorial ID will do.)
Alternatively, if you do not have one of the aforementioned pieces of ID with your current address, you can use two pieces of other ID to vote, so long as one has your current address and both have your name.
The list includes anything from insurance statements, to library cards, to firearms licences.
If you have no ID with your address, someone can confirm that you live in this riding.
Another option for voters is to bring someone who can confirm that your address is correct along with two pieces of ID with your name on them.
The person you bring along must be from the same polling division, and can only attest for one person.
You don’t need to pre-register to vote.
The BCCLA also points out that the right to vote is protected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
While it may be faster to get your Voter Identification Card beforehand by registering, but as long as you have ID, you can’t be turned away from the polls if you want to vote.
Your gender expression makes no difference on being able to vote or not.
In reference to transgender voters, Egale says that all that is required is for the name on the VIC to match that on the government ID.
They do, however, encourage any voters who have changed their name legally to confirm with Elections Canada that they are a registered voter under their preferred name instead of their birth name.
Find answers to some frequently asked questions here.