Federal Election Monday, September 20

Assisting an elector

Some electors may ask for your help with the voting process.

If someone in your life—such as a family member, a friend or someone you support as part of your work—needs assistance with the voting process, there are several ways you can help them.

Making a plan

If an elector asks for your help to make a plan to vote, here are some of the ways you can assist them:

Marking the ballot

Voting in person

If someone you know requests your help marking their ballot at an advance poll or on election day, you may accompany them. To protect the secrecy and the integrity of the vote, we will ask you to make a written declaration.

A relative, spouse or partner may assist more than one elector. A friend or helper may assist only one elector.

Voting by special ballot

The deadline to apply to vote by special ballot has passed. If someone you know requests your help completing a special ballot—for example, if they are voting by mail—you can help them to find the names of candidates in their riding and to read and understand the instructions for writing the name of their chosen candidate on their special ballot. You can also help them return their special ballot to Elections Canada by following the instructions in their voting kit. Remember, the elector is responsible for the special ballot issued to them, so treat it with care.

If an elector is unable to read, mark their special ballot or use the envelope system because of a disability, we encourage them to vote at their assigned election day poll.

Proving identity and address

If someone you know requests your help proving their identity and address, you can help them by making sure they have accepted ID when they go to vote in person or by making scans or copies of their ID so they can register online to vote or apply online to vote by mail.

If they do not have the required ID, you can vouch for them when they go to vote if:

  • You are an elector assigned to the same polling station as the person you are vouching for
  • You have valid proof of your own identity and address, and
  • You have not vouched for any other elector. Electors can vouch for only one person per election.

Seniors' residences and long-term care facilities

If you are an employee of a senior's residence or a long-term care facility, you may vouch for the identity and address of more than one resident, as long as you live in the riding where the facility is located or in an adjacent riding. Learn more about voting options for residents of seniors' residences and long-term care facilities.

Language and sign language interpretation

If someone you know asks you to assist with language interpretation, you may help them to:

  • Get information by visiting elections.ca or calling Elections Canada on their behalf
  • Vote in person on election day. To protect the secrecy of the vote, we will ask you to make a written declaration before helping someone vote.

Contact us

Contact us if someone you know needs assistance at any time with the voting process. We can answer your questions about how you can help them and about the tools and services we offer to make voting as accessible as possible.