Eager to vote? Advance polls may be for you

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound returning officer Bonnie Stevenson at the Elections Canada returning office on the second floor of the Professional Centre on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Owen Sound, Ont. Scott Dunn/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network

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If you can’t wait 12 days for election day on Oct. 21, there will be four days of advance polls from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday through Thanksgiving Monday, where you may cast your ballot in the federal election in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

If you want to vote right now, voting by special ballot is available any day at any of the three Elections Canada returning offices in Owen Sound, Durham and Wiarton from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Monday, and 9 a.m. to 6 .m. Tuesday, the final day for special ballot voting.

Some people came to vote Tuesday morning at the returning office on the second floor of the Professional Centre at 945 3rd Ave. E. in Owen Sound. Others came in who didn’t have a voter information card.

The voter information card shows where to vote on election day and the location of the voter’s poll from among 22 advance polls.

Bonnie Stevenson, the returning officer in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, said in an interview that people may also call 1-866-238-4198 if they don’t have a voter information card. Those who update their address before Oct. 15, 6 p.m. will get a voter information card in the mail, according to Elections Canada.

Even  with a voter information card, other identification is needed.

Voters can also vote without an information card by going to the poll they believe they are supposed to vote at, sign a declaration of ID and address and having someone who knows them and who is assigned to the same polling station vouch for them.

For information on acceptable identification, where to vote and other details, visit elections.ca, the Elections Canada website. There’s a limited window available to vote by mail too, detailed on the website.

Also, voters can register or update voter registration information at their polling place just before they vote.

Stevenson has arranged for voter information kiosks at Neyaashiinigmiing and at Saugeen First Nation Wednesday and Thursday, where people can get on the elector list if they show the same identification required to vote, she said.

And there will be 23 mobile polls set up in the riding’s long-term care and retirement homes on election day, offering the same voting alternatives as at regular polls.

Elections Canada needs more poll workers for election day across the riding. those interested should call 1-866-238-4198 and ask for Susan Follis.

Among poll workers’ duties is counting ballots after polls close at 9:30 p.m. on election night. Ballots across the country will be counted manually. Tallies will be updated every two minutes online at elections.ca.

Polls open at 9:30 a.m. on election day.

The Durham returning office is at 451 Saddler St. W., 1-866-450-9918. The Wiarton returning office is at The Meeting Place Propeller Club, 575 Edward St., 1-866-374-4031.