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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the federal election announced for September 20th, here is everything you need to know before you go to the polls.

Elections Canada is reminding voters to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming federal election.

According to Election Canada, voters must be registered at their current address to vote in the election. Voters can use the Online Voter Registration Service to check, update, or change their current address.

Elections Canada says the vast majority of electors are already registered, and they will receive a voter information card by the first day of advance polls on September 10th. Still, there could be delays depending on when polling locations are announced.

Due to the pandemic, Elections Canada may use non-traditional polling locations, says Chief Election Officer Stephane Perrault.

“We encourage voters to use our Online Voter Registration Service. By registering, checking and updating their information early, electors will be sure to get a voter information card. The voter information card will give electors all the information they need to plan their safe voting experience,” said Perrault.

For those residents who wish to cast their vote in advance of the September 20th election day, advance polls will be open from September 10th to 13th. Locations, times and addresses for polling stations will be on voter information cards or can be confirmed by checking with Elections Canada.

If residents prefer to cast their vote even earlier, they must complete a special ballot application through the Elections Canada office or online.

Electors can show up to their riding’s polling location with proof of identity and address on a card issued by a federal, provincial or local government with the elector’s name, photo and address on it.

Voters can also use two pieces of approved identification, or they can have someone vouch for their identity. To have someone vouch for you, they must be able to prove their identity and be registered at the same polling station as the person being vouched for.

For those voters who choose not to cast their ballot in advance or at the polls, they can mail their ballot to an Elections Canada office or the polling location.

Electors must get a special ballot application from an Elections Canada office. Once the application is received, a special ballot voting kit will be mailed. Follow the instructions and make sure the ballot is mailed back in the pre-addressed return envelope by 6 p.m. Eastern time on election day, or it won’t be counted.

Elections Canada says those who choose to vote by mail can ensure their mail-in ballot gets delivered on time by dropping their ballot off at their assigned Elections Canada polling location on election day.

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