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Deadline Approaches to Register to Vote by Mail
or at a Local Elections Canada Office

OTTAWA, Friday, April 22, 2011

  • Canadian electors have until April 26, 6:00 p.m. to register to vote by special ballot either by mail or in person at their local Elections Canada office in the 41st general election.
  • The Application for Registration and Special Ballot form can be downloaded at It can also be requested in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax from Elections Canada.
  • Completed applications from electors outside of their electoral district must reach Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on April 26. Those applying in person at a local Elections Canada office have until 6:00 p.m. (local time) on April 26 to submit their application.
  • Once an elector has registered to vote by special ballot, he or she may not vote at the regular or advance polls.

"The fastest way to register is to do it in person at any local Elections Canada office," says Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand. "That way, an elector gets a special ballot voting kit immediately and can vote right there or vote by mail. Electors who vote while outside their riding must send their ballot by mail to Elections Canada in Ottawa."

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