Voters cast ballots Monday in Canada’s 44th general election

After five weeks of campaigning, election day has arrived in Canada.

Polls open at 9:30 a.m. on Monday and will remain open until 9:30 p.m., giving Canadians a 12 hour window to cast their ballot.

The federal election was called on August 15, sending national party leaders crisscrossing the country to appeal to voters. The pandemic, affordable housing, climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, child care, and the economy have been focal points throughout the campaign.

There are 338 seats in the House of Commons and it takes at least 170 of them for a party to be able to form a majority government. The four main ridings in London are London-West, London North Centre, London-Fanshawe, and Elgin-Middlesex-London. Only London-West is guaranteed a new representative as the incumbent – Kate Young – did not run for reelection.

Nearly 6.8-million Canadians voted in the advance polls held September 10 to 13 and through special ballot. Over 30-million more still need to vote.

For those who did not receive a voter information card, where to vote can be found by entering your postal code on Elections Canada’s website. Canadians not registered to vote can do so at their assigned polling station by showing proof of identity and proof of address. A list of IDs acceptable for use can be found by clicking here.

Proof of vaccination is not required to vote, however electors must wear a face mask as required by their province or territory.

Depending on how close the race is, Elections Canada has warned it could take up to four days to determine a winner as special ballots will take time to count.

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