Here's How To Vote In Ontario If You're Currently Living Away From Your Home Address - Narcity

Here's How To Vote In Ontario If You're Currently Living Away From Your Home Address

Being away from home doesn't mean you can't vote

Whether you're a student or have recently moved, you may not be registered to vote in the riding you're currently in. 

When it comes to elections in Canada, provincial or federal, we divide into ridings based on where the government thinks you live. This means your permanent address which in most cases is your hometown.

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There are tons of reasons why someone may live somewhere other than their permanent address. However in these cases they won't be registered to vote in the riding they are living in. 

If that's you don't worry! You won't have to drive hours away to vote in your hometown or worry about missing your chance to cast a ballot. Elections Ontario knows people move around a lot and there is a really simple process you can go through to make sure you can still vote. 

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To vote in the riding you live in on election day you can go to your closest polling station, which you can look up online, and with a piece of ID with both you name and current address on it. You will then be added to the voter list in that riding and therefore able to vote. 

If you are living away from your riding but still want to vote there or even if you will be travelling on election day you can apply through Elections Ontario to vote by mail. You must apply by June 1 at 6pm in order to be able to vote by mail. 

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The election is on June 7 but you can also vote in advance at a returning office in your area. 

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