September 20, 2021 4:40am
It’s Election Day in Canada, and the polls open at 9:30 a.m.
Canadians will have 12 hours to vote for their next Member of Parliament.
Where to vote is written on your voter information card, but you can also find your polling station online on the Elections Canada website.
Electors need to bring their voter information card with them to the polling station.
Even if you don’t have a voter information card, you can cast a ballot by showing two pieces of government identification like your health card and driver’s license or passport.
Elections Canada has warned Canadians full results may not be available on Monday night because of an expected increase in the number of mail-in ballots.
Elections Canada said just over one million mail-in ballots were requested, far below earlier estimates between 2.3-million and 4.3-million. That is still a significant increase from the 2019 federal election when only 50,000 were requested, most of them from voters living abroad.
Election officials start counting mail-in ballots on Tuesday morning, and Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault has said it could take two days, maybe five in some parts of the country.
If voter turnout at the advance polls is any indication, polling stations could be busy. Across Canada, voter turnout was up over 18 per cent. Locally, Perth-Wellington saw the largest increase, with over 6,200 more people voting early or more than 42 percent. In Huron-Bruce the increase in advanced polling was 35 percent and in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound it was 30 percent.
In all three cases, the number of people voting early was well over 20,000.
BlackburnNews.com will provide online coverage of the federal election on Monday night and stay with the story until full results are known.
There will also be updates on-air on CKNX AM 920, 101.7 The One and CoOl 94.5 starting after the polls close.
–with files from Steve Sabourin