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There are Several Ways to Vote in Federal By-elections

Gatineau, Thursday, September 21, 2017

For the by-elections now underway in Lac-Saint-Jean (Quebec) and Sturgeon River–Parkland (Alberta), electors can choose the voting option that best suits their schedule. They can vote:

  • on election day, on Monday, October 23.
  • at advance polls on Friday, October 13; Saturday, October 14; Sunday, October 15; or Monday, October 16.
  • in person at an Elections Canada office, if they apply before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17.
  • by mail. Electors must apply to vote by mail before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17.
    • Application forms are available online, as well as at any Elections Canada office or Canadian mission abroad. They can also be requested by calling 1-800-463-6868.
    • Electors can mail in a paper application or submit their application online.
    • Electors voting by mail should plan ahead. They must allow time for their voting kit to reach them and for their marked ballot to return to Elections Canada.
    • Marked ballots must be received by the election day deadline, or they will not be counted. Visit for more details.
  • To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The list of accepted pieces of identification is online.
  • Some pieces of identification used at provincial, territorial and municipal elections may not meet federal election requirements.
  • Voting and identification rules are different for Canadian Forces electors, incarcerated electors and Canadian electors who live abroad.

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