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Advance polling station at MacEwan University. Oct. 5, 2019. (CTV News Edmonton)

EDMONTON -- Starting Saturday, people will be able to cast their vote at select post-secondary campuses across the country.

People will be able to register and vote in the upcoming federal election by casting a special ballot on campus.

The special ballot will allow voters to vote for a candidate in the riding where their place of ordinary residence is located.

Though the polling stations are open to electors, the goal is to make voting more accessible for students.

Elections Canada says it wants to make it as easy as possible for students to register and vote, because they often face greater barriers in doing so.

"Our role is to reduce barriers to voting so we would like to see as many people as possible exercise their, or have the ability to exercise their right to vote," said Ruth Sorrentino with Elections Canada.

"It’s really great to see the students super excited about voting./We have stickers for them that they can say I voted and I’ve seen a few people taking selfies outside the station, it’s exciting."

Voting by special ballot is a way for electors to vote who may be unable to vote in advance or at their polling station on election day.

All that's needed to vote on campus is ID.

Students said the special ballot process was an ideal way for them to cast their votes.

"It’s really nice for the students to have voting centres really close to them and it makes it easy to vote," said engineering student David Williamson.

"I wanted to vote and kind of get it done while I could early. I was just kind of tired of waiting around and I was just kind of eager to get out here and get it done," said voter Jonah Kondro.

There are seven schools in Alberta that people can cast their ballot at:

  • MacEwan University
  • University of Alberta
  • NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)
  • University of Calgary
  • Mount Royal University
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Bow Valley College

For a full list locations and hours of post-secondary polls across the country, click here.

Electors do not need to know the name of their riding when registering, or reside in the riding of the on-campus office to vote there.

Elections Canada says that more than 70, 000 electors cast their ballot at 39 vote-on-campus locations in 2015.

The special ballot can be cast from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9.

The federal election is Monday, Oct. 21.