Canadians head to the polls
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff looks through a television camera while waiting for commuters in front of the Royal York subway station in Toronto May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese
OTTAWA - Polls are opening Monday across the country so Canadians can cast their ballots in the 41st federal election.
Polling stations open first in Newfoundland and Labrador at 8: 30 a.m. NT.
Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario follow at 9:30 a.m. ET., and western provinces start at 8:30 a.m. CT, 7:30 a.m. MT and 7 a.m. PT.
Polls will remain open for 12 hours.
Information on where you can vote is available on voter cards sent by Elections Canada in the mail, or at electionscanada.ca.
Canadians who are not registered to vote can register at the polls with an ID and proof of residence. Those without proof of residence can swear an oath and have an eligible voter from the same division vouch for them.
The Canada Elections Act forbits the "premature transmission of results," which means the first results can't be broadcast until 10 p.m. ET.
That media blackout applies to the Internet as well, and Elections Canada has warned Canadians not to post early results on Twitter or Facebook.
Sun Media election coverage starts at 5 p.m., with a pre-game show on Sun News Network hosted by Charles Adler, Ezra Levant, Theo Caldwell and Brian Lilley.
Riding-by-riding election coverage will follow with hosts Krista Erickson and David Akin.
The Sun newspaper chains will start posting results online at 10 p.m., ET. A results widget, offing a breakdown of each party, will allow readers to search for their local ridings.
The websites will also feature a live interactive discussion, starting at 9:45 p.m.