Voting 101

  • Q: Do I need to bring anything when I go vote?

    A: If you received a Voter Information Card in the mail at your current address, and the name and address information on it is correct, your name is on the List of Electors and you will not need to show ID to vote. Although you do not need a Voter Information Card to vote, if you bring it with you to vote, you will be able to vote more quickly, because your name will be found on the list much faster. If you are not on the List of Electors, you will have to be added before voting.

  • Q: Where do I vote?

    A: If you received a Voter Information card in the mail at your current address, and the name and address information on it is correct, you may vote at one of the locations shown on the back of the card. You also have the option to vote using a special ballot. You can do so by visiting any returning office anytime during their normal hours of operation until 8 pm on Election Day. You may also apply for a special ballot to be sent to you by mail by contacting your returning office. You do not have to provide a reason to vote by special ballot.

  • Q: How do you vote?

    A: Electors will receive a paper ballot with circles next to each candidate’s name or plebiscite question. The ballot is placed in a secrecy sleeve so that they can carry the ballot in the polling location without showing their choices. Using a regular marker, electors simply have to fill in the circles as appropriate, and replace the ballot into the secrecy sleeve. Electors then carry the ballot and sleeve to the ballot box.

  • Q: If I'm working on polling day do I get time off to vote? How much time do I have for voting on Election Day?

    A: All employees must have three consecutive hours off work while the polls are open (between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on election day). If your work day starts after 10:00 a.m. but before 1:00 p.m., or ends after 5:00 p.m. but before 8:00 p.m., your employer only has to give you enough time off to give you three clear hours while the polls are open. Employees scheduled to work must be paid for the time off for voting.

  • Q: When are the advance polling days?

    A: The first advance polling day is 9 days prior to the election. The second advance polling day is the Monday, 7 days prior to the election. You also have the option to vote using a special ballot. You can do so by visiting any returning office anytime during their normal hours of operation until 8 pm on Election Day. You may also apply for a special ballot to be sent to you by mail by contacting your returning office. You do not have to provide a reason to vote by special ballot.

  • Q: I will be away from my home/I am leaving for a trip… How can I vote?

    A: You may vote at the Returning Office if not leaving before the date when Special Ballots may begin to be issued. If not, arrangements may be made by the Returning Office to provide a mail-in Special Ballot once they become available.

  • Q: What are special ballots, and who can use them to vote? I am, or know, a person who is ill at home and cannot go to the polls on polling day: how can I or my friend vote?

    A: Special Ballots are a form of ballot used to allow voting by people who are outside of their own electoral district or electoral region or who otherwise cannot or do not want to go to the polls. This includes home-bound voters, those in hospital, or those travelling, working or studying out of their district during an election. Any returning office can issue a special ballot for a voter from any electoral district or electoral region in the province.

    For home-bound or hospitalized voters, election officials from the local returning office will take a ballot and ballot box to the voter to allow the person to vote independently. A care-giver spouse of a home-bound voter may vote at the same time, if they wish. Simply call the returning office to make arrangements to vote.

    Voters travelling, working or studying in the province but out of their own district during an election may vote at any returning office for their home electoral district. Those travelling, working or studying out of the province must contact their home returning office, which will send a ballot to them; call or e-mail as soon as possible, to ensure your ballot can be returned on time.

  • Q: Will someone come and drive me to the polls if I do not have access to transportation?

    A: You will need to contact the candidate of your choice if you require transportation to the polls.

  • Q: What is an Additional Poll?

    A: Additional polls are held mostly at nursing homes, special care homes, and extended care units of some hospitals. It is a poll which moves from bed to bed on election day to take the votes of eligible voters who are unable to easily vote.

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