Elections Canada

Elections Canada

October 13, 2014 09:44 ET

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

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 13, 2014) -

- Any Canadian elector eligible to vote in the November 17 by-elections in Whitby-Oshawa (Ontario) or Yellowhead (Alberta) may vote by special ballot. This means that they can vote by mail or vote in person at their local Elections Canada office.

- Electors should apply as soon as possible. They can get a special ballot application online, request one by calling Elections Canada or pick one up at a local Elections Canada office or Canadian diplomatic or consular office.

- Applications to vote by special ballot must be received by the deadline on November 11, 2014:

  • at any local Elections Canada office by 6:00 p.m. (local time), or
  • at Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

- Once an application is approved, a special ballot voting kit is issued with instructions and a blank special ballot.

- Marked ballots must be received by the deadline on November 17, 2014:

  • for electors voting inside their electoral district: at their local Elections Canada office by the time polls close locally
  • for electors voting outside their electoral district: at Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

"Any qualified elector may vote by mail. We encourage Canadians around the world to apply now for their special ballot," says Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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