Elections Canada

Elections Canada

October 05, 2009 16:45 ET

Canadians Can Vote by Mail: Special Ballot Voting Accommodates Electors Who Are Travelling or Temporarily Living Outside Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) -

- Any Canadian elector in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia), Hochelaga (Quebec), Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup (Quebec) and New Westminster-Coquitlam (British Columbia) can vote by special ballot.

- Applications are available on-line, by phone or in person at local Elections Canada offices and Canadian diplomatic missions.

- Applications must be received by Elections Canada before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Electors are encouraged to fax their applications or take them to a local Elections Canada office where a by-election is being held.

- Once an application is approved, the elector is issued a voting kit with full instructions and a special ballot. The ballot must be received at Elections Canada in Ottawa before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on election day. Electors voting by special ballot in their own riding must return the special ballot to the local Elections Canada office before the local polling station closes.

"We encourage Canadians around the world to pick up an application for the mail-in special ballot now available at any Canadian diplomatic mission, or download the form from our Web site," says Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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