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Supreme Court Ruling Affecting Canadians Living Abroad

News Release

Gatineau, Monday, January 14, 2019 – On January 11, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a Canadian elector, living abroad, who has previously resided in Canada, is entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections regardless of how long they have been living abroad. Elections Canada is currently updating its online forms and information to reflect the ruling which came into effect immediately and is therefore applicable in the current three by-elections.

If you are a Canadian citizen living abroad, will be at least 18 years old on polling day, and think you are eligible to vote in one of the current federal by-elections, please contact us by phone or email to confirm your eligibility and request a special ballot.

Contact information to confirm your eligibility and request a special ballot
613-949-7502 (collect calls are accepted)
1-866-222-2565 toll-free in Canada and the US
001-800-514-6868 toll-free in Mexico 
TTY 1-800-361-8935 toll-free in Canada and the US

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