KINGSTON, ONT. / Oct. 1, 2010 – With the first advance voting day coming up on Saturday, Oct. 16, the City’s Election Office is reminding citizens that they must show identification prior to voting. This identification must include: the voter’s name, signature and qualifying address (showing where he or she lives in the municipality).
Voters may offer this information in one of two ways:
1. By providing an original copy of a document, such as an Ontario driver’s license or health card, that contains the voter’s name, qualifying address and signature.
2. By providing two original documents: one that shows the voter’s name and signature, such as a Canadian passport or social insurance number card, along with a second piece of identification that shows the voter’s name and qualifying address, such as an Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
For this second piece of identification, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and Royal Military College Students may use a document showing a campus residence issued by the office or officials responsible for the student residence at their post-secondary institution.
“Students may not be aware that they are considered Kingston residents while they are living here to go to school. We encourage them to make sure they have the required identification to ensure their right to vote,” says John Bolognone, the City’s Assistant Returning Officer.
Individuals who are unable to present the prescribed proof of identity and residence will be required to complete an application form to be sworn at the voting place.
Kingstonians may vote from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, Wednesday, Oct. 20 or on the final election day of Monday, Oct. 25. Residents can use the poll finder at www.cityofkingston.ca/election to find the polling location for their district and preferred voting day. A complete list of acceptable pieces of identification is also available at this site.
Residents can also get answers their election questions at the 2010 Election Office at City Hall, 216 Ontario St. (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or by calling 613-546-4291, ext. 1611.
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