Elections Canada

Elections Canada

October 30, 2009 11:06 ET

Deadline Approaches to Register to Vote by Mail or at a Local Elections Canada Office by Special Ballot

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) -

- Canadian electors have until Tuesday, November 3, 2009, to register to vote by special ballot (by mail, or in person at a local Elections Canada office) in the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia), Hochelaga (Quebec), Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup (Quebec) and New Westminster-Coquitlam (British Columbia) federal by-elections on November 9, 2009.

- The Application for Registration and Special Ballot form can be downloaded at www.elections.ca. It can also be requested in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax from Elections Canada.

- Completed applications from electors must reach Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Those applying in person at a local Elections Canada office have until 6:00 p.m. (local time) to submit their application.

- Once an elector has registered to vote by mail or in person by special ballot, he or she may not vote at the regular or advance polls.

"The fastest way to register is to do it in person at a local Elections Canada office where a by-election is being held," says Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand. "That way, the elector gets a special ballot kit immediately and can either vote by mail or right there in the local Elections Canada office."

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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