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Monday, October 19, 2015

Get out to vote - the proof you need under the new Voter ID rules

(From the Globe and Mail) About 15 per cent of Canadians have no driver’s licence, and if you’re one of them, you’re probably dreading trying to cast a ballot on Monday. But there’s no need.

Months of controversy over new, stricter voter ID rules have sowed pessimism among voters, and with a new requirement to prove your address, it’s true that voters will need to plan ahead more than in the past.

But the good news is that most people will easily be able to come up with the right documents in just a few minutes. Acceptable ID includes prescription bottles, credit and debit cards, cellphone bills, bank statements and letters from schools – and you can show many of the bills, invoices and other documents on your phone without needing paper copies.

Polls open at 8:30 a.m. in the Maritimes and in Central Time, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and at 7:30 a.m. in Mountain and Pacific time zones, and in Saskatchewan. In each case they stay open for 12 hours.

If you're an immigrant and Canadian citizen, remember your responsibilities as a citizen and get out to vote today. Your vote matters!

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