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Andre Leveille leaves an advanced polling station in Montreal April 22, 2011. Canadians vote in a federal election on May 2, 2011. (Graham Hughes/The CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Andre Leveille leaves an advanced polling station in Montreal April 22, 2011. Canadians vote in a federal election on May 2, 2011. (Graham Hughes/The CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

The Vote

Your guide to voting and watching the federal election Add to ...

After 10 p.m., we will have live national results as well as riding results on our Globe Politics application and our mobile website. Follow these links to get the app: iPhone and BlackBerry.

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I plan to watch elections on TV. How can I follow the election on globeandmail.com?

If you have an iPad, please check out our new Globe News app. Whether you're on a tablet or on a laptop, our riding pages will let you follow the races you want. And the elections 'dashboard' and map we showed you above will also work on your tablet or laptop.

Where do I find the party platforms?

All party platforms can me found on our Parties & Platforms site

Click here for links to each party and their platforms as well The Globe's platform comparison

Or you can view The Globe's summary of platforms by party:

Okay, I'm not familiar with races other than in my own riding. What do I look for on election night?

The Globe and Mail has been watching 50 key ridings over the course of the 2011 election campaign. Many of these are opposition-held seats that the Conservatives hope to win over while others are complete toss ups. Click here for a sortable table of our ridings to watch.

We've also compiled a list of the the leaders and notable candidates from all the major parties here.

Where can I find all the stories The Globe has written on each party?

What ridings are hotly contested?

Several ridings that would have been foregone conclusions only a few years ago are now toss-ups. Here are some of the most contested ridings. Click on the links for election results, as well as riding-specific stories and tweets.

Brampton - Springdale - Her strong campaign and controversies surrounding the possible inappropraite connections betwee her Conservative opponent, Par Gill, and Immigration Min Jason Kenney will not, we believe, save Liberal incumbent Ruby Dhalla.

Brampton West - We believe Liberal incumbent Andrew Kania will be bested by Conservative candidate Kyle Seeback. He barely took it last time, and now he has the NDP draining votes as well. .

Burnaby - Douglas The lack of an incumbent advantage looked to be a problem for the NDP at the start of the campaing, but the party's general surge should tip the balance in their favour..

Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca - Look for this Liberal-held riding to return to its Reformer roots as the rise in NDP support drain off enough support to hand the Conservatives a narrow victory.

Gatineau - Francoise Boivin, the Liberal candidate from 2008 is now running for the NDP in a riding that the Bloc won as a result of vote-splitting. The Bloc may now become a victim of vote splitting this time around..

Guelph - Maybe the most vulnerable Liberal riding in the country.

Kingston and the Islands - This was a famous swing riding (Flora Macdonald held it) until Peter Milliken became Speaker of the House. Now he's leaving, and it's in play again.

Outremont - This is a fight between former Liberal cabinet minister Martin Cauchon and NDP deputy leader Thomas Mulcair, but the NDP rise in Quebec may have put it out of reach for the Liberals.

Saint John - Three-time former Liberal MP Paul Zed's decision not to mount a comeback attempt was a break for Conservative incumbent Rodney Weston. The Tory is likely to regain the seat. But bettors looking to take a flier might be watching the NDP in this blue-collar town if that party's national momentum keeps growing.

St. John's South - Mount Pearl - An interesting three-way race has developed in this riding, which Liberal Shioban Caody poached amid the anti-Tory mood in the last federal election. The incumbent has done well and the NDP is making a spirited showing with repeat candidate Ryan Cleary. Conservative Loyola Sullivan,who won easily in 2006, is back to try to reclaim the seat.

Vancouver South - Liberal MP - and former NDP premier - Ujjal Dosanjh is likely to fall victim to his old party, as a split left-wing vote allows the Conservatives to eke out a gain.

Winnipeg North - The Liberals snatched this formerly safe NDP seat by a mere 813 votres in a Nov.2010 by-election. The NDP wants it back.

Read all the other predictions: SEE ALL 50 RIDINGS TO WATCH

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Compiled by Shannon Busta

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