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It’s federal election day

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Canadians, including locally, are choosing their next federal government. 

Voting in the 44th general election starts at 9:30 am. 

The polls will be open for 12 hours.

Electors can cast their ballot at their assigned polling station, which is listed on their voter information card. 

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Jim Mallory, Returning Officer for Nipissing-Timiskaming, says residents are encouraged to bring their voter information card, along with accepted ID, to their polling station.  

“They need a picture identification that shows that they are who they claim they are and they need identification that they live at the address that they are claiming to be at,” he says. 

Mallory says residents will also need to know which polling station they’re assigned to. 

“If it doesn’t say on their voter information card and they’re not sure, they can call our office, give us their address, and we will tell them which poll number they are assigned to and where that poll is,” he says. 

Electors will need to wear a mask and can bring their own pencil or pen to mark their ballot. 

Single-use pencils will also be available.

According to Elections Canada, an estimated 17,231 people voted at the advanced polls in Nipissing-Timiskaming. 

That’s up from 11,239 ballots cast at the advanced polls during the last federal election. 

Four candidates are running in Nipissing-Timiskaming. 

Mallory says even though results will start to come in right after the polls close it’ll be three or four days before the results are finalized.

“Given the circumstances of the mail-in ballot, given the circumstances of the size of the advanced polls that will probably take a couple of days for Ottawa to actually confirm the count,” he says. 

Watch for election updates on MyNorthBayNow.com after the polls close. 

Final results will not be available until mail-in ballots are certified and counted.  

That process does not begin until Tuesday. September 21st.

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