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Ensuring Your Vote in the Upcoming Elections

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Manitobans head to the polls next week, June 19, for a federal by-election. This isn’t the only election, with the Manitoba general election on October 03.

For federal elections, you must be:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old on election day
  • prove your identity and address
  • have lived in the riding since May 15, 2023

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&dir=2023/spr&document=guige_46014&lang=e

On election day, Monday, June 19, your assigned polling station will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The voter information card you received in the mail includes more information. If your name and address are correct, this means you’re registered. Bringing the card and the accepted ID will make voting easier. If you did not receive a voter information card, it means you may not be registered, or your voter information may not be up to date. Visit elections.ca to register or update your address, or call 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY) for assistance. Additionally, you can register or update your voter information when voting.

When you arrive at your designated polling station, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address through one of three ways. 

Option 1

Show one of these pieces of ID.

  • your driver’s licence
  • any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address

Option 2

Show two pieces of ID.

Both must have your name, and at least one must have your current address.

Examples:

  • voter information card and bank statement
  • utility bill and student ID card

If you don’t have one of these, you can see a full list of accepted identification available online. 

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=ids&document=index&lang=e

Option 3

If you don’t have an ID.

You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care facilities).

The federal by-election is for the ridings of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce–Westmount (Quebec), Oxford (Ontario), and two in Manitoba in Winnipeg South Centre and Portage–Lisgar. According to Elections Canada, a by-election is held to fill a vacancy in the House of Commons that comes about other than through the dissolution of the House for a general election.

Names on the ballot will include Ben Carr for the Liberals, Tylor Baer for the PPC, Damir Stipanovic for the Conservatives, Julia Riddell for the NDP, Douglas Hemmerling for the green party, along with dozens of independents, some who signed up as part of a Longest Ballot Committee. The Winnipeg South Centre by-election will have the largest number of candidates in Canadian election history. In Portage-Lisgar, Maxime Bernier is running for the PPC, Nicolas Geddert for the Green Party, Branden Leslie for the Conservative Party, Kerry Smith for the Liberals, and Lisa Tessier-Burch for the NDP. 

https://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&dir=2023&document=index&lang=e

Complete list of candidates in the Winnipeg South Centre riding.

Complete list of candidates in the Portage-Lisgar riding. 

Monday, October 03, 2023, Manitobans head to the polls to elect members to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. There are 57 seats in the Legislative Assembly, with 29 seats needed for a majority. In the last election, Progressive Conservatives won 36 seats, New Democratic 18 seats, Liberal three seats, and Green zero. 

For the October 03 provincial election, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age on or before election day;
  • a resident of Manitoba for at least six months before election day;

With the election still a few months away, there is time to register and learn more about the voting process and the representatives in your area.

Voting is an important part of a democracy and is an opportunity to elect a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) you feel best represents your voice and your community. Details on who your MLA is or your electoral division can be found here. 

https://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Voting/MyVotingInfo

To check and see if you are registered to vote:

If you’re registered, you’ll receive a voter information card in the mail when the election is called.

 You can still vote if you’re not registered or moved by bringing your ID to the voting place. 

If you have any other questions on the voting process, details can be found at https://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en

https://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en 

Voting is incredibly important, and each registered resident has a right to vote. Learn who your representatives are, ask them questions, and inform them about issues important to you and your community. 

– Ryan Funk, U Multicultural

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