There are Several Ways to Vote in Federal By-elections
Gatineau, Thursday, January 24, 2019
For the by-elections now underway in Burnaby South (British Columbia), Outremont (Quebec) and York–Simcoe (Ontario), electors can choose the voting option that best suits their schedule. They can vote in one of the following ways:
- on election day on Monday, February 25, 2019.
- at one of the advance polls on Friday, February 15; Saturday, February 16; Sunday, February 17; or Monday, February 18.
- in person at an Elections Canada office, if they apply before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19.
- by mail. Electors must apply to vote by mail before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19.
- Application forms are available online, as well as at any Elections Canada office and Canadian mission abroad. They can also be requested by calling 1-800-463-6868.
- Electors can mail in a paper application or submit their application online.
- Electors voting by mail should plan ahead. They must allow time for their voting kit to reach them and for their marked ballot to return to Elections Canada.
- Marked ballots must be received by the election day deadline or they will not be counted.
- To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The list of accepted pieces of identification is online.
- Some pieces of identification used at provincial and municipal elections may not meet federal election requirements.
- Voting and identification rules are different for Canadian Forces electors, incarcerated electors and Canadian electors who live abroad.
Elections Canada is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.
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