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Canadians Can Vote by Mail

Special Ballot Voting Accommodates Electors Who Are Travelling
or Living Outside Canada

Gatineau, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Any Canadian elector eligible to vote in the June 30 by-elections in Fort McMurray–Athabasca (Alberta), Macleod (Alberta), Scarborough–Agincourt (Ontario) or Trinity–Spadina (Ontario) 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 June 24, 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 we approve an application, we issue a special ballot voting kit with instructions and a blank special ballot.
  • Marked ballots must be received by the deadline on June 30, 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 Marc Mayrand.

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