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VOTING: What you need to know

By Don Fennell

Published 4:33 PDT, Wed October 16, 2019

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• Election Day—Monday, Oct. 21

Canadians will go to the polls to elect 338 members to the House of Commons, who will form the 43rd Canadian Parliament.

• Campaign Period—40 Days

Candidates seeking to be elected had 40 days, up to Election Day, to campaign.

• Richmond Ridings

Richmond, BC has two federal ridings: Richmond Centre and Steveston-Richmond East.

• Seats required to form government

170 seats are needed for a party to form a majority government. Otherwise, the governing party holds a minority or a coalition government is formed.


• Canada’s Elections Act states that a federal election must be held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the previous federal election. As the last election was held on Oct. 19, 2015, the next fixed election date is Oct. 21, 2019.

• Voter eligibility

You are eligible to vote if you are a Canadian citizen, are at least 18-years-old on election day (Oct. 21), and able to verify your identity and home address—such as with acceptable Canadian government-issued ID including your photo, name and current address. 

Another option is to provide two pieces of ID, both of which must have your name and at least one of which requires your current address.

• Where to vote

You are only eligible to cast one ballot, and it must be cast for a candidate in the riding in which you reside.

• Voting hours

You may vote on election day (Oct. 21) at your assigned polling station (see the personalized voting card you should have received in the mail) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time.

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