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Proof of residence when address on pieces of identification does not prove residence but is consistent with information in the Register or on the list of electors

ADAPTATION BY INSTRUCTION
PURSUANT TO SECTION 179 OF THE CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

PROOF OF RESIDENCE WHEN THE ADDRESS ON THE
PIECE OR PIECES OF IDENTIFICATION PROVIDED WITH AN
APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AND SPECIAL BALLOT DOES NOT
PROVE RESIDENCE BUT IS CONSISTENT WITH INFORMATION IN
THE REGISTER OR ON A LIST OF ELECTORS

WHEREAS the Canada Elections Act, Part 11, Division 4, permits electors residing in Canada who wish to vote by special ballot to apply for registration and special ballot and to vote by special ballot;

WHEREAS paragraph 233(1)(c) requires that such an elector submit "satisfactory proof of the elector's identity and residence" with the application for registration and special ballot;

WHEREAS some electors residing in rural or remote areas have no civic address by which to prove their residence, or such a residential address is not contained in their piece or pieces of identification;

WHEREAS by enacting Chapter 37 of the Statutes of Canada, 2007, Parliament amended the new rules on elector identification at ordinary and advance polling stations by adding a new subsection 143(3.1) providing that, if the address contained in the piece or pieces of identification provided did not prove the elector's residence but was consistent with information related to the elector appearing on the list of electors, the elector's residence was deemed to have been proven;

AND WHEREAS it is necessary to provide the same flexibility for an elector residing in Canada who votes by special ballot, when the address on the elector's piece of identification is consistent with information related to the elector that appears in the National Register of Electors in the case of applications received by the special voting rules administrator, or on the list of electors in the case of applications received by the returning officer;

THEREFORE, pursuant to section 179 of the Canada Elections Act, the Chief Electoral Officer adapts section 233 by adding the following immediately after subsection 233(1.1):

(1.2) If the address contained in the piece or pieces of identification provided under paragraph 1(c) does not prove the elector's residence but is consistent with information related to the elector that appears on the list of electors or in the Register of Electors, the elector's residence is deemed to have been proven.


March 29, 2011



Marc Mayrand
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada