Election day is fast approaching and Elections Canada is making sure that young people get the opportunity to vote, especially if you're away at university. If you're a student, the Elections Canada Vote on Campus program makes it easier to vote. More than 100 university and college campuses will have offices for students to vote at. 

Vote on Campus offices will be opening at universities and colleges across Canada on October 5. There will be 119 offices in total where students can go to register and to vote.

Elections Canada's voting offices will be open from October 5 to October 9 so students can vote before election day. The offices are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so there are lots of opportunities to go and vote.

"There are over 115 campuses in Canada where you can register and vote in the federal election," according to Elections Canada

This isn't the first time Elections Canada is making it easier for students to vote. The Vote on Campus program was a pilot project in the last federal election in 2015 and because of its success, the program is back again. 

Vote on Campus offices will be in select schools in every single province along with Yukon and Nunavut.

No institutions in Northwest Territories will have places for students to vote on campus but services are offered at the Elections Canada office in Yellowknife.

At the on-campus offices, you can register to vote and vote in the federal election. All you need is to show proof of identity and address when you go to the offices. 

To prove your identity and address there are three options. You can use your driver's licence or any other card issued by a Canadian government that has your photo, name and current address. You can show two pieces of ID but both need your name and at least one must have your current address like a voter information card and a student ID card. If you don't have ID you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone assigned to your polling station vouch for you. 

On campus, you can vote using your ordinary, permanent place of residence even if you currently live in residence at your school or rent nearby. That's because voting on campus uses the special ballot process

 

Once they've confirmed your identity and registration, you'll be given a ballot. You can ask the election work for a list of candidates in your riding if you need it.

Then you go behind a voting screen, mark your ballot and return it to the election worker. You'll put your ballot into one envelope and then put that envelope into another one and sign it. 

Then you put the envelope in the ballot box and you've voted!

 

In the 2015 federal election, 57.1 percent of eligible voters aged 18 to 24 years actually voted which is an increase from 38.8 in the 2011 federal election. 

To see the full list of Vote on Campus locations go here


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