Ray Hudson

Someone once said, “Apathy would be a big problem in this country, but nobody cares.” Given the recent history of voter turnout in Canada, it is certainly a propos. In trying to inspire American voters to get involved, Abraham Lincoln offered, ““Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

This demonstrates that voter apathy isn’t a new phenomenon by any means. But consider that if you vote, you have a stake in the outcome and the running of the country, and the legitimate right to complain if you don’t like what government is doing. If you don’t vote, you have no legitimate right to complain.

So with that in mind, the Asian Journal has prepared a short primer on how to have your say on October 19.

Are You Registered to Vote?

If you are registered to vote, follow the information on your voters card. It tells you where and when to vote. You should have received this card by Oct 1. No card? The Elections Canada website at elections.ca can help you find your electoral district.   If you are not registered, you can do so online but the deadline is October 13. Another option is to register on Election Day at the poll. You must show one of the following: your drivers licence, provincial ID card or any other government card with your photo name and current address. For a list of other ID options click on how to register and follow the instructions, or read about how to swear an oath at the polling station.

Election Day Polls

Polls in the Pacific Time zone will open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm.

Scrutineers: When you go to the polls to vote, you may find an individual known as a scrutineer. This is a person appointed by a political party to observe the casting and counting of ballots to ensure that everything at that polling station is done properly. They are also known as challengers or agents and will be wearing an “Agent” badge.

You are ready to go and vote!