Advance Polling Stations open Friday

There is a way to beat the lineups on October 21 (let's be optimistic about voter turnout), by exercising your democratic right to vote early at the advance polls, which are now open.

Polls in British Columbia are open from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. on general election day, while polls are open for advance voting from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.

Nearly 45,000 Canadians residing overseas are now registered to vote in this election, nearly triple the number in 2015.

Electors can cast ballots at assigned polling stations only.

To vote, people need to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and prove their identity and address.

Those who didn't get a voter information card or if the information on it is wrong can find their advance polling station by using the online Voter Information Service.

Elections Canada set up offices at the University of Toronto's Hart House, Aviva Centre next to York University and Ryerson's student centre. And selfie enthusiasts hoping to snap a pic with their marked ballot are reminded that it is illegal to do so, as it violates the secrecy of the vote under the Act.

"At the last election, more electors than ever voted early at advance polls", Perrault said. Either a driver's license or any other card issued by a Canadian government (provincial, federal, territorial, etc) with a photo and current address. Elections Canada offices can be found on the second floor of Capilano Mall in North Vancouver, 203-1868 Marine Drive in West Vancouver.

Voting as part of the Vote on Campus program is done with a special ballot.

Voters must bring identification that verifies their name and address. With six federal parties offering a variety of opinions and positions this, Canadians will have a tough decision to make when they head out to vote in the election.

Across the country, Elections Canada hires 300,000 people on election day.

Otherwise, voters can visit their polling stations and register in person on election day on October 21 provided they have proper identification. You can look up your local election day polling station by entering your postal code here. A good turnout at advance polls does not help predict if there will be high interest on election day as well, according to Pilon, but he said Elections Canada is ready for anything.

The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. E.T.