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Five ways to vote and encourage others to vote

We are going to the polls on Monday, October 21, 2019, and YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO VOTE!

Community Living Ontario prepared a simple package for the 2019 Federal Election that you can share with your members. Download the package here.

The aim is to make it as easy as possible to vote and encourage others in our community to vote.

  1. Make sure you are registered to vote
  2. Find your polling station
  3. Accessible voting
  4. Getting to know your candidates and their respective platforms
  5. Spread the word


1: MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE

You can register online or in person. You can register in advance or on Election Day.
Not sure if you are registered? Click here to find out.

If you are not registered, here’s how:

Before you vote

When you go to vote

  • At your assigned polling station on Election Day, October 21
  • At your assigned polling station on advance polling days, October 11, 12, 13 or 14.
  • At any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, October 15, at 6 p.m.

NOTE: Bring identification when voting and registering: Generally, two government-issued documents with a photo and your current address on it should do. If you do not have identification documents, you can still vote. Click here to find out which types of documents are accepted:

2: FIND YOUR POLLING STATION:

To find out exactly where you vote, simply click here and follow the instructions.

3: ACCESSIBLE VOTING:

Elections Canada has made it more accessible to vote in 2019. Here are some of the ways:

If you need assistance at any time during the voting process, please let your election workers know. They are trained to help.

4: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES AND THEIR PLATFORMS:

To find out who is running in your area, click here and follow the instructions.

There are several websites that exhaustively compare the parties’ platforms on key issues – see list below.

To help you weed through some of it, we have highlighted a few of the major issues that impact our sector most:

Housing Healthcare Taxes Education Jobs

 

To help figure out where you stand, try the CBC Vote Compass. This test will ask you questions about various issues and show you how you compare to the major parties.

5: SPREAD THE WORD

You have a voice and the right to vote! People who have a disability or connected to the disability world represent a significant voting bloc in every riding in Canada. Together, that voice is even louder! To make it easier for you to encourage others to vote, we have prepared a list of posts and a social media tile. Please share these with your members and on your social media platforms.

Simply upload the social tile above and paste one of these accompanying texts to your favourite social media platforms. Encourage others to do the same.

Social Post #1
Fact: 20% of Canadians (or 6.2 million people) aged 15 years and over have one or more disabilities. Together, our voices are stronger. Get out and vote! #CLvotes #developmentalservicesmatter #elxn43

 

Social Post #2
An estimated 100,000 Canadians with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in precarious and vulnerable housing situations in Canada. Some have been on waitlists for over a decade. It’s time to address the housing crisis! #CLvotes #developmentalservicesmatter #elxn43

 

Social Post #3
Approximately 70% of adults with an intellectual disability are living in poverty. This needs to change. #CLvotes #developmentalservicesmatter #elxn43

 

Social Post #4
25% of people who have an intellectual disability have contemplated suicide and the rates of mental illness among this community are three to four times higher than the national rate. Better access to mental health support is needed. #CLvotes2019 #developmentalservicesmatter #elxn43

 

Accounts to Tag
Note: When tagging, best practice is to tag in a comment following the tweet – this lets you tag several accounts without worrying about character space.Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau), Scheer (@AndrewScheer), Singh (@theJagmeetSingh), May (@ElizabethMay), Bernier (@MaximeBernier)