How to vote in today’s federal election; polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polls open Monday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., although you’ll still be able to vote after the cutoff as long as you lined up beforehand.

If you didn’t get a voter registration card or can’t find it, you can find your polling station online or by calling Elections Canada toll-free at 1-800-463-6868.

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If you’re not registered, you can do so at your polling station. Filling out an online registration certificate and taking it with you may speed up the process. You’ll still need ID with your current address. A driver’s licence is easiest, but any ID with your photo, name and address on it that has been issued by the federal government, province or your municipality will suffice.

If you don’t have a driver’s licence, you’ll need two pieces of ID, which can include passports, blood donor cards, birth certificates, band memberships and so on. Bank statements, utility bills and student ID cards are also OK, but at least one must show your name and current address.

Even without ID, you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and get someone to vouch for you. But that person must be able to prove their own identity and address.

A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).

For more information, go to elections.ca

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