Elections Canada giving grief to registered campus voters

Jeremy Appel
News Editor 

Humber College students living in residence Oct. 19 can vote at North and Lakeshore campuses, despite those locales not being listed on the Election Canada website as polling stations.

On Election Day, voting will occur on the first floor of the R Building near the cafeteria from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m at North Campus, and in the lobby of the Lakeshore residence during the same time.

Advanced polling centres are also available, but not directly on campus. Those who want to get their voting out of the way early must go to Humberwood Community Centre at 850 Humberwood Blvd. between Friday, Oct. 9 and Monday, Oct. 12, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no indication on Elections Canada’s website that Humber residences are available for voting.

Searching the Humber North postal code on Elections Canada provides 200 Ronson Drive as the closest polling station. The venue is about 6 km away, more than an hour by foot.

Meanwhile, a search for Lakeshore voters directs them to 55 Judson Street, 3.5 km and 45 minutes away by foot, for both advance polls and Election Day.

Elections Canada responded to a request for clarification with a link to the website.

Voters must be registered with Elections Canada to vote. If they’ve received a voter ID card in the mail, then there should be no issues voting in the election.

Those yet to receive this card can contact Elections Canada to make sure they are on the official list and eligible to vote.

There are approved pieces of ID that voters must bring on Election Day in order to cast their ballot. Without them, it won’t be possible to participate.

A driver’s license is the most commonly used form of identification, but in lieu of one there are other options. Remember, voters need at least one piece of ID with their photo and one with proof of address.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Health card
  • Canadian passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Canadian citizenship
  • Social insurance card
  • Indian status card
  • Band membership card
  • Metis card
  • Card issues by Inuit local authority
  • Canadian Forces identity card
  • Veterans Affairs health card
  • Old age security card
  • Hospital card
  • Medical clinic card
  • Label on a prescription container
  • Identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
  • Blood donor card
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind card
  • Credit or debit card
  • Employee card
  • Student ID
  • Public transportation card
  • Library card

The same rules apply for advanced polling.

Happy voting, Humber!

With files from Travis Kingdon and Eric Wickham

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