Today, Monday, May 2 is the date for the 41st Federal General Election and the team at Oakville.com want to encourage all residents to have their voice heard by getting out and casting their vote!
Voters were out in record numbers in the Advance Polls, click here to read our report.
Get out and Vote
Polling stations are open today in Oakville and Halton from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. The location of each resident’s polling station is listed on your Voter Information Card. If you did not receive a card in the mail, the location of your local polling station can be found by entering your postal code on the Elections Canada website.
When you arrive at your polling station, you will be required to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:
- Show one original piece of identification that includes your name, address and a photo, such as a driver’s license.
- Show two pieces of original identification: both must have your name and one must have your address. This could include a utility bill and vehicle ownership.
- If you do not have this kind of identification, you can have a registered elector vouch for you by taking an oath at the polling station.
Election results will become available from Elections Canada after 10:00 pm EST, which is when the last poll closes in Canada. Local real time, unofficial results may become available after local polls close.
Oakville.com extended an invitation to all candidates to express their reason why residents should get out and vote in today’s election. Below are the statements from the candidates who responded to our invitation.
James Ede (New Democratic Party of Canada):
I believe Canadians everywhere should go out and vote because they have a chance to be part of real change in government, in our politics and in the vision that guides how we grow as a national community in the 21st century.
Terence Young (Conservative Party of Canada):
Voting is a right and a responsibility. People around the world struggle every day to achieve the right to choose who leads their country. As Canadians, we must not take our right to vote for granted. I encourage all citizens of Oakville to make their voices heard by voting on May 2nd.
Connie Laurin-Bowie (Liberal Party of Canada):
As Executive Director of Inclusion International, I have worked with individuals and governments in every region of the world. I have gained a tremendous appreciation for our democracy in Canada and encourage all Canadians to exercise their democratic right to vote. On May 2, vote for the Canada you want for your children and future generations.
Lisa Raitt (Conservative Party of Canada):
Halton is on its way to being a star in 2011 voter turnout. 12,710 people
cast ballots in the advance polls – 7th highest in Canada! So come on
Halton: exercise your democratic right, make your voice heard, and vote on
May 2nd. Let’s set an example for the whole country!
Judi Remigio (Green Party):
We should vote because it is our right and it is one way that we as
citizens can participate in trying to make our region, nation and
planet more like we would like it. It is one way for our voices to be
heard. It is part of the process and yipee!!!!! because there is so
much more that we can do to participate in our world. We should do
what we can.
The Oakville.com team wrote 20+ articles about the election issues and the candidates, click here to browse through them.
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