How to Vote

The first thing you need to do is check to see if you are registered to vote. You can check at You can also check to make sure your address is correct.

How do I register to vote?

You can register online, by mail or by calling 1-800-463-6868. You will receive a voter information card in the mail. It will tell you where your polling station is.

You can still register at your polling station on Election Day. It just takes a bit longer.

Where do I vote?

Go to your polling station. Polls are open for 12 hours. Bring your government ID with your photo, name and address.

What happens at the polling station?

Election workers will check to see if you are registered. They will check your ID. Then they will write their initials on a ballot. They will fold it and hand it to you.

This is a polling station.


How do I vote?

1. Take your ballot behind a voting screen.
2. Mark an X for the candidate you want to elect.
3. Fold your ballot.
4. Give your ballot back to the election worker. They will tear off a tab and give
your ballot back to you.
5. Put your ballot in the box.

This is a ballot.


Congratulations. You just voted!

Learn more at and browse the resources listed on Decoda’s Civic Literacy Resources blog post.


Adapted from A Guide to Voting: A literacy practitioner workbook for voting in the
Canadian Federal Election – ABC Life Literacy Canada,

Photos: Flickr/ishmael n. daro, Wikimedia Commons/Canada Votes 2008