ID required to vote in federal election Tuesday

  • Oct. 8, 2008 6:00 p.m.

Islanders must bring identification to prove their name and address when they go to vote in the federal election this Tuesday (Oct. 14). Whether you are on the voters’ list or not, you will need to bring at least one piece of ID to the polling station and possibly two, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley chief returning officer Brian Roberts. These are new rules and they apply to everyone across the country, he said. Voters can provide either one piece of identification which has their photo, name and address (such as a drivers’ licence), or two pieces of ID, both with their name and one with their address (such as a health care card and a hydro bill). There is a third option, which is to swear an oath at the polling station and be vouched for by an elector who is on the voters’ list for the same community and has acceptable ID. Voters should also bring their voter information card with them if they have received one, Mr. Roberts said, although this isn’t strictly necessary. It will just make things easier at the polling station. There will be polls open in all islands communities on election day from 7 am until 7 pm. Voters must vote at the location indicated on their voter card. If you’re not sure where to vote, you can find out at www.elections.ca or by calling the Skeena-Bulkley Valley returning office in Prince Rupert at 1-866-546-7618. Islands polls are located at:. the community hall in Old Massett. the Howard Phillips community hall in Masset. the community hall in Port Clements. the fire hall in Tlell. the community hall on Front Street in Skidegate. the Legion in Queen Charlotte. the community hall in Sandspit. There are six candidates running in our riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley. In alphabetical order, they are: Hondo Arendt of the Green Party, Nathan Cullen of the NDP (the incumbent), Mary-Etta Goodacre of the Canadian Action Party, Corinna Morhart of the Liberal Party, Sharon Smith of the Conservative Party, and Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party.