Central Poll Supervisor Guidebook – Advance Polls
Letter of Confirmation of Residence
First Nations electors, homeless electors, seniors and students can use a Letter of Confirmation of Residence EC 50053 as proof of address.
If your polling place is likely to serve these groups, DROs will get a List of Facilities – Letter of Confirmation of Residence EC 50054 in their supplies.
Call the office for help when the institution name on the elector's letter is not on the list.
Elector can't or refuses to provide proof of identity and address
- Take elector aside
- Calmly explain to them that it's the law to provide proof of identity and address
- If they have 2 documents to prove their identity but don't have proof of address, suggest they find another elector who can attest to their address
If someone can attest to their address, direct them and the attestor to the Registration Officer
If no one can attest to their address, give them Have Your ID Ready EC 90189. Ask them to come back with acceptable ID
Elector refuses to take oath 1 or 2
Electors may refuse to take these oaths and appeal to you. If you don't have Delegation of Authority EC 10090, call the office and follow instructions.
If you have it
- Ask the person requesting that the elector take the oath the reason for the request
- Discuss the matter with DRO and Poll Clerk
- Decide if the request is reasonable.
The person making the request must have a valid reason.
The request must be directly related to the oath.
The person must doubt either
- the elector's age (18 or older) or Canadian citizenship — oath 1
- the elector's residence because their ID doesn't show a residential address — oath 2
- the elector does not need to take the oath
- DRO and Poll Clerk serve elector following regular process — p. 10 of their guidebook
- the elector must take the oath
- DRO and Poll Clerk serve elector following oath process — p. 34 of their guidebook
- DRO doesn't give them a ballot
- the elector is asked to leave
- Poll Clerk crosses their name off the List of Electors, if they are on it
Note: remind DRO and Poll Clerk not to count this elector as Voted or their count will be off
- Poll Clerk writes their name, address, polling division and their sequence number on Record of Votes Cast
- Poll Clerk ticks Refused oath box and does not tick Voted box
Representative challenges several electors or disobeys guidelines
- Take representative aside and ask them to explain the reasons for their actions
- Resolve the situation as calmly as possible
- Remind them they have to respect Guidelines for Candidates' Representatives EC 20045 and may not constantly object to electors, if applicable
Representative repeatedly challenges electors, slows down voting or disobeys guidelines
- Fill out an Incident Report EC 10051.
Include contact information of witnesses and election officers involved
- Ask election officers and any witnesses to each write a detailed description of what happened
- Call office to inform them of the situation. Provide as much detail as possible, including the representative's name and political party
- Follow the office's instructions
Note: the office might tell you to ask the representative to leave
Elector wants to be removed from List of Electors permanently
Inform them they have to write to Elections Canada and request to have their name removed. The request must include their name, date of birth, home and mailing addresses, and signature.
It must be mailed to:
National Register of Electors
30 Victoria Street
For more information, they can call the returning office or Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
Elector, election officer or representative has a concern or complaint
Note: if their concern is about accessibility, give them the option to fill out a Polling Site Accessibility Feedback Form EC 50119
- Ask them to explain the situation
- Take their feedback or complaint seriously
- If something can be done, tell them you will try to fix the issue
Note: if you can't fix the issue or aren't sure, tell them you will report it to the RO, who will try to fix it that day
- Thank them for their feedback
- Fix whatever you can safely and quickly
- Fill out an Incident Report EC 10051
- Keep any related evidence with the form
If the person wants to fill out a Polling Site Accessibility Feedback Form
- Give them a form to fill out
- Make sure all relevant sections are completed
Note: the person can stay anonymous; name and address are optional
- Separate white copy and give it to elector
- Put pink and yellow copies in Accessibility Feedback Box EC 50121
- Thank them for their feedback
Elector has or needs an interpreter
Interpreters may not go behind the screen with electors or help them mark the ballot. If an elector requests a language or sign language interpreter, call the office to see if they can provide one.
DROs can also appoint an interpreter
- Get DRO to
- fill out Appointment and Oath EC 10130
- administer the oath to interpreter
- have interpreter sign the form
- Separate the form
- Give yellow copy to interpreter
- Bring white copy to the office at end of day to make sure they get paid
Elector wants to be served in French
- Say 'Bonjour', and give them Bilingual Welcome Card EC 50145 if they have not been given one already
Note: the card asks them to show you ID and informs them they need ID to vote
- If they are having difficulty, say 'Un moment s'il vous plaît,' and call office for help
Electors with disabilities
You are legally required to accommodate electors with physical, mental and developmental disabilities and to serve them in a way that respects their dignity.
Face the elector and speak calmly. Even if they have a hearing impairment, your natural facial expressions, gestures and body movements will help them understand.
If you see an elector who might need help
- Ask them politely if there is anything you can do to help
- Listen carefully to what they say and be patient
- Do whatever it is they ask you to do to assist them