ELECTION 2015: Get ready to vote Oct. 19

Chilliwack voters reminded to double check polling station before heading out

Advance polling stations saw a huge increase in participation over the 2011 election.

Advance polling stations saw a huge increase in participation over the 2011 election.

Voting in the upcoming election, on Oct. 19?

Remember to check your voter registration card before heading to the polls to double check the location.

It may not be where you think it is, say some people who have contacted The Progress.

A Cultus Lake resident who says they have been voting at the community hall or Cultus Lake elementary for many years was surprised to find out they’d have to travel to Yarrow to cast a ballot.

Another resident is concerned that seniors will head to Evergreen Hall, only to find they can’t vote there.

Knowing the location beforehand can help plan out the trip, especially for those relying on taking transit or walking to a polling station.

While registering to vote is recommended, and can be done online, there is hope for those who haven’t received their registration card in the mail. New voters, and those who have moved to a new ridings, can still register at a polling station and proceed to vote.

Voters may want to plot out a chunk of time to visit the polls, as well.

Elections Canada is reporting that this election has already seen more than 2.5 million people casting a ballot, at early voting polling stations over the Thanksgiving long weekend. That’s an increase of 16 per cent from the 2011 election’s early polling turnout.

(Update: Over the total four day advance polling period, 3.6 million votes were cast.)

Chilliwack voters spent anywhere up to two hours over the weekend in lineups at early polling stations around the city.

In light of the increased interest in voting, Elections Canada announced they will be fast-tracking those who have their registration in order. By law, everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote. For those whose work hours don’t allow for this, employers must give employees time off, with pay.

To learn more about what will be considered as identification, and to see where your polling station is, visit Elections Canada online or phone 1-866-499-8025.