Hey law student…Vote!
Hey Law Student… Vote!
By this point you’ve heard about the election. It’s been going on since the beginning of August, there have been upwards of a million debates (though none on major networks… do any of you even watch major networks?), and those ads are everywhere (I like the one where Trudeau is stuck on an escalator).
With less than two weeks to go, it’s no longer about the leaders and their hair anymore—it’s about us!
Yep, you, me, your mom, Professor Pratt, and Dean Flanagan, we all get to let the politicians know what we think of them. Importantly, we get to shape the government that will make our laws and appoint our Supreme Court justices.
We can’t offer you extra marks for participation, but we can tell you how to vote and how to inform yourself as the election gets closer. If you have further questions that we don’t answer below, click here to find out more: http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=stu&document=index&lang=e).
Step 1: Register to Vote
Since most Queen’s Law students live away from home, the majority of us will have a choice of where we can vote. You can either vote here in the riding of Kingston and the Islands or you can vote in the riding where you consider home.
The rules have changed since 2011, and you will not be able to vote if you’re not registered in the riding in which you want to vote. Click here to see if you are registered as an elector in your riding: https://ereg.elections.ca/CWelcome.aspx?lang=e.
You’ll have to provide ID proving that you live in either of these ridings (more info on that below). Once you’re registered, you’ll receive a card in the mail detailing where you can vote on Election Day.
Step 2: Decide When You Want to Vote
Regardless of the riding in which you want to vote, you have four options of when and how to vote:
- Election Day: Show up to the poll listed on the election card you received in the mail and cast your ballot.
- Advance polls: This is especially important if you want to vote in your home riding. Elections Canada will be holding advance polls from Friday, October 9 to Monday, October 12 from noon to 8:00 pm. Going home for the Thanksgiving weekend? Take a few minutes to vote!
- Elections Canada offices: Any time before October 13, you can show up at the Elections Canada office at 920 Princess Street and cast a ballot. The cool thing about this option is that despite being in Kingston, you can vote for a candidate in your home riding!
- Vote by mail: Can’t spare a second of Public Law midterm studying or infirm interview prepping/drinking to head to the polls? On exchange? From now until October 13, you can apply to vote by mail. Get this done quickly because the mail is slow. No guarantees you can get the special ballot kit sent straight to the library though….
Step 3: What to Bring to the Polls?
In order to vote you have to prove your identity and your address. This can be achieved by any number of pieces of identification that prove one or both of those things. Your driver’s license or provincial/territorial ID card does both things simultaneously.
Other combinations such as a passport or student card and a printout of a utilities e-bill showing your address are also acceptable. You can find the full list of options here: http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=id&document=index&lang=e#name.
Step 4: VOTE!
We can’t help you out too much with who you should vote for, but you can look forward to some extra Juris Diction content in the week leading up to the election. Here are the four main parties’ platforms for reference:
Want to see the parties’ most important policy platforms side by side? Check out this cool site:
Want to learn about the local candidates running in Kingston and the Islands? Here they are:
Want to know who’s running in your riding back home?
Adam Sadinsky is in 3L. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Juris Diction.