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Ways to Vote

Once an election is called, you will have several voting options:

1) Vote on election day

The date, hours and address of your election day poll will be available on this website, on your voter information card or by calling Elections Canada.

To vote on election day:

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2) Vote at your advance poll

Advance polls will be held on the 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th days before election day (a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday). They will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. local time.

The dates and address of your advance poll will be available on this website, on your voter information card or by calling Elections Canada.

To vote at your advance poll:

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3) Vote at any Elections Canada office

You can vote in person at any Elections Canada office across the country, for most of the election period.

After an election is called, Elections Canada sets up local offices in every riding in Canada.

To vote at an Elections Canada office, you must complete an Application for Registration and Special Ballot. Staff can help you with this form, if you'd like. You must show proof of your identity and home address.

Once your special ballot application is accepted, staff will give you a special ballot voting kit. You can vote on the spot. Or, if you prefer, you can come back to the office to submit your vote later.

After an election is called, the address of Elections Canada offices will be available on this website or by calling Elections Canada.

Voting at an Elections Canada office means voting by special ballot. Read important information on voting by special ballot.


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4) Vote by mail

a) Vote by mail for electors who live in Canada

If your home is in Canada, you must wait until after an election is called to apply to vote by mail.

After an election is called:

Voting by mail means voting by special ballot. Read important information on voting by special ballot.

b) Vote by mail for electors who live outside Canada

If you're a Canadian elector, your home is outside Canada, and you meet certain eligibility criteria, you can apply now to vote by mail in a future election.

Canadians living abroad: Apply now to vote by mail in a future election

You can also get an application form at any Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate or by calling Elections Canada. Ask for an Application for Registration and Special Ballot for Canadian Citizens Residing Outside Canada. The form explains how to submit your application and proof of identity to Elections Canada in Ottawa.

Voting by mail means voting by special ballot. Read important information on voting by special ballot and specific voting rules for Canadians living abroad.

Important information on voting by special ballot

Voting by mail or at a local Elections Canada office means voting by special ballot.

Learn more about voting by special ballot.

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