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Canadians Can Vote by Mail

OTTAWA, Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • Any Canadian elector can vote by mail or in person at his or her local Elections Canada office by special ballot.

  • Applications are available at, by phone or in person at local Elections Canada offices and Canadian diplomatic or consular offices.

  • Applications must be received by Elections Canada by 6:00 p.m. on April 26. Electors are encouraged to fax their applications or take them to a local Elections Canada office.

  • Once an application is approved, the elector is issued a voting kit with full instructions and a special ballot.

  • The ballot must be received at Elections Canada in Ottawa no later than 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on election day. Electors voting by special ballot in their own riding must return the special ballot to their local Elections Canada office before the polls close locally.

"Canadians have the option of voting anytime, from anywhere during an election by using a mail-in ballot. You can pick up a vote-by-mail kit at any local Elections Canada office, request one by phone, or simply download an application form from our Web site," says Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.

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