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Locals who would like to cast their votes early in the federal election can now do so at the Elections Canada Office in Fort Frances.

The office is located at 540 King's Highway, in Unit B of the Rainy Lake Plaza, and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“A voter can actually go and vote now but they have to know the name of the candidate they want to vote for because they're going to have to write it in,” explained Rajean Grenier of Elections Canada.

This process is done through voting by special ballot and the process typically takes 10 minutes.

The name must be spelled correctly; otherwise, the vote is declared void.

“Normally, people who go and vote in advance usually know who their voting for,” Grenier reasoned.

“They're usually partisan, members of a party, or a volunteer who wants to keep their time free during the last week's of the election to do some volunteering,” he added.

That said, anyone is welcome to cast a vote early if they wish to do so.

Regular ballots aren't printed until Sept. 30 when registration of candidates closes.

Elections Canada has already started mailing out voters cards around Ontario and will continue with that process.

Voters lists are being checked and anybody with a drivers license is registered automatically.

To learn more about the upcoming federal election that's slated for Oct. 21, visit elections.ca where a wealth of voter information can be accessed.

The toll-free number for the Elections Canada Office in Fort Frances is 1-866-271-6188.

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