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Special Voting Rules as Adapted for the Purposes of a By-election

Division 3

Electors Temporarily Resident outside Canada


220. The definitions in this section apply in this Division.

« électeur »

"elector" means an elector, other than a Canadian Forces elector, who resides temporarily outside Canada.

« registre »

"register" means the register referred to in subsection 222(1).

Inclusion in register of electors temporarily resident outside Canada

221. An elector may vote under this Division at a by-election if his or her application for registration and special ballot is received in Ottawa by 6:00 p.m. on the 6th day before polling day and his or her name is entered on the register.

Register of electors

222. (1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall maintain a register of electors who are temporarily resident outside Canada in which is entered the name, date of birth, civic and mailing addresses, sex and electoral district of each elector who has filed an application for registration and special ballot and who


(2) Paragraph (1)(b) does not apply to an elector who is

S.C. 2003, c. 22, s. 103.

Inclusion in register

223. (1) An application for registration and special ballot may be made by an elector. It shall be in the prescribed form and shall include

Optional information

(2) In addition to the information specified in subsection (1), the Chief Electoral Officer may request that the elector provide other information that the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary for implementing agreements made under section 55 of the Act, but the elector is not required to provide that information.

S.C. 2000, c. 12, s. 40.

Prohibition – change of address

224. The address chosen as the place of ordinary residence in Canada in the application for registration and special ballot cannot be changed after the elector's name is entered in the register.

Information to be provided

225. The Chief Electoral Officer may require an elector whose name appears in the register to provide, within the time fixed by the Chief Electoral Officer, any information that is necessary to update the register.

Deletion of names from register

226. The Chief Electoral Officer shall delete from the register the name of an elector who

Sending of special ballot and envelopes

227. (1) After approving an application for registration and special ballot and after the issue of the writ for a by-election in an electoral district, the Chief Electoral Officer shall send a special ballot, an inner envelope and an outer envelope to every elector whose name is entered in the register, at the address referred to in paragraph 223(1)(g).

Voting by special ballot

(2) An elector shall vote by special ballot by

Writing candidate's name

(3) The candidate shall be indicated on a special ballot by writing the candidate's given name or initials and surname. If two or more candidates have the same name, their political affiliation shall be indicated.

Sending of outer envelope

228. An elector shall send the sealed outer envelope to the Chief Electoral Officer

Deadline for return of vote

229. The special ballot must arrive at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Ottawa not later than 6:00 p.m. on polling day in order to be counted.

Responsibilities of elector

230. For the purpose of this Division, an elector has the sole responsibility to ensure that