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Canadians Can Vote by Mail

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

OTTAWA, Monday, October 25, 2010

  • Any Canadian elector in Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette (Manitoba), Vaughan (Ontario) and Winnipeg North (Manitoba) can vote by special ballot.

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

  • Applications must be received by Elections Canada before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, November 23, 2010. 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 polls close locally.

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

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