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Media at polling places

  • Only voters, election officers, candidates and their representatives, and observers authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer may enter the room where voting is taking place, as per the Canada Elections Act. Media may not enter.
  • While voting is under way, media may shoot photos or video footage from the door, as long as they do not impede voters or compromise the secrecy of the vote.
    • For example, if voting is taking place inside a school gym and if space permits, media may stand in the hall and shoot through the gym's doorway.
  • After the polls close, media must leave the polling place. They may not be present for the count.

Some polling places are more suitable for filming because they are easier to access. Journalists are invited to contact Media Relations staff in advance (1-877-877-9515 or media@elections.ca) to discuss the locations most suitable for filming and to make arrangements.

Party leaders and competing candidates

Media who wish to participate in a photo opportunity with the leaders of registered political parties and/or candidates competing in the same electoral district as the leaders may apply for advance authorization to host a pool or to access images from a pool. They must apply at least ten days before election day.

View or download the authorization form: Word format, RTF format.