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#VotingfromtheMargins: How YOU can vote in the 2019 Federal Elections

By Naty Tremblay

“The biggest barrier (to voting) isn’t valid paperwork — it’s the fact that most people experiencing homelessness don’t know that they can vote.” 

Hey SKETCH community! The Canadian Federal Elections are on Monday October 21st with advance polls opening from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14! If you are 18+ and a Canadian citizen, you can vote! SKETCH can help you sort out the rest. There are so many issues impacting youth that should be priorities for our government such as climate change, housing, employment and more. Voting is one way to influence this. However young people have consistently had the lowest voter turnout amongst age groups. We can do this! #VotingfromtheMargins

four young people holding signs, smiling at the camera

Image source: Get Out the Youth Vote Campaign

In order to register to vote, you’ll need 1-2 pieces of photo ID with your address on it (list of eligible ID).

No address? No worries!

You can:

  • Get someone who can prove their identity and address to vouch for you at the ballot box.
  • Get a Letter of Confirmation of Residence from SKETCH or any other agency you’ve frequented for services over the past five weeks or more.

SKETCH will be sharing information online and in our studios about how to vote, where to vote, parties, candidates and much more over the coming weeks! You can also vote at any Elections Canada office anytime before Tuesday, October 15 at 6PM.

Stay tuned. Come and visit us at our studios at 180 Shaw Street on Tuesdays from 1-8PM, Wednesdays 4:30-8PM and Thursdays 1-4:30PM!

Here’s a good primer on voting in the meantime from CBC.

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