Today is election day, and while there's been plenty of time to register, some people might have just not gotten around to it yet. Not to worry, though! Registering to vote in Canada is relatively hassle-free, even on the day of the election. Knowing how to do it is your key to casting your vote in the 2019 election.

Here's what to know first: if you checked off the Elections Canada boxes on your most recent tax return and got your voter information card in the mail, then you are already registered.

If, however, you are not registered for any reason, then you can simply register at your assigned polling station with a piece of ID that proves your identity and address, such as a driver's license.

If you don't happen to have one piece of ID that has your name and address on it, don't worry! There is a long list of acceptable pieces of ID that can be combined to register.

Both of these items must have your full name on them, and one must have your current address. Elections Canada has a full list of items that can be used together to register at your polling station.

For example, you can register to vote if you provide your birth certificate and a bank statement with your name on it (which will also provide your address). 

If you do not have any form of ID for any reason, don't give up hope! You can still vote by declaring your identity and address in writing and having someone else assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

The person vouching for you, however, must be able to prove their own identity and address with proper identification.

If you're not sure which polling station you are supposed to vote at, then you can also find that out on the Elections Canada website using the Find Your Electoral District tool.

Just put in your address or postal code, and the website will tell you where your assigned polling station is.

There's still plenty of time to vote today, and you can find your province's polling hours by clicking here.


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