Sunday 22 August 2021

Canada election: COVID-19 concerns raised over schools hosting polling stations

Global News shows that with a 4th Covid-19 pandemic wave underway, and no COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 12, calls are growing to keep voting stations out of schools. 

On election day, Sept. 20, the premiers of Manitoba and New Brunswick have already declared schools will be off limits for elections Canada. 

Jamie Mauracher reports on who's worried, and who's confident casting a ballot in schools can be done safely.

There Are Several Ways To Vote in the Canadian Federal General Election.

For the federal election now under way, Elections Canada encourages electors to plan early and choose the voting option that best suits them. They can vote:

- on election day on Monday, September 20, 2021

- at one of the advance polls on Friday, September 10, 2021; Saturday, September 11, 2021; Sunday, September 12, 2021; or Monday, September 13, 2021

- by mail: Electors must apply to vote by mail before Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m., local time.

- at any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m., local time

- To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address.

- Voting and identification rules are different for incarcerated electors and Canadian electors who live abroad.

- Given the ongoing pandemic, Elections Canada, in consultation with public health authorities, has implemented a range of measures at polling places and Elections Canada offices to protect electors, election workers and political participants. These measures include providing protective equipment for poll workers and office workers and hand sanitizer and masks for electors.

- Electors who are self-isolating or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should apply to vote by mail or call their local Elections Canada office to find out more about their voting options.

Elections Canada is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.

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