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Apply to vote by special ballot

Eligible electors can apply to vote by special ballot. With a special ballot, you can return your ballot by mail from anywhere in the world, or in person at a local Elections Canada office, or on polling day at any polling location in your electoral district.

If you live in Canada, you may apply once an election has been called.

If you live abroad, you may apply anytime – click the button below.

A by-election will be held on December 12, 2022 in the electoral district of:

  • Mississauga–Lakeshore (Ontario)

Canadians have the option of voting by special ballot in federal elections.

If you are eligible to vote in this by-election, you must apply as soon as possible to allow time for your special ballot voting kit to reach you, and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada, by election day.

Elections Canada must receive your completed application by the deadline indicated below.

  • If you apply online or to Elections Canada in Ottawa: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time
  • If you apply to a local Elections Canada office: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. local time

Your options for applying to vote by special ballot depend on your situation. Click Apply to vote by special ballot to see your options.

Apply to vote by special ballot

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Voting by Canadians living abroad