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How to vote in the federal election: A guide for incarcerated votersOfficial election information – September 20, 2021 federal election

How to vote in the federal election: A guide for incarcerated voters


How to vote in the federal election: A guide for incarcerated voters (pamphlet)

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You can vote in this institution.

To vote, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old on election day

Is my vote secret?

Yes, Nobody will know who you voted for.

Who organizes voting here?

A staff member was chosen as the liaison officer. They register voters and answer questions. On voting day, Elections Canada workers will come to run the voting station.

When is voting day?

Look for a poster that gives the date, or ask the liaison officer.

How do I register?

Before you vote, you must register: the liaison officer will give you a registration form to fill out. Pay attention to the address section. Do not put the address of the institution. Sign your completed form, then return it to the liaison officer.

Will my voter registration information be kept private?

Yes. Only people who are managing the election can see this information.

Which candidates do I choose from?

Choose a candidate running in your riding. The address on your voter registration form determines your riding. The form explains what address to use.
Elections Canada workers will give you the list of candidates, or you can call Elections Canada for the list at 1-800-463-6868.

How will my ballot be counted?

  • Your ballot, hidden inside two envelopes, will be sent to Elections Canada headquarters.
  • Staff will open the outer envelope and put it aside.
  • Staff will take out the plain inner envelope and put it in a ballot box.
  • When it’s time to count the votes, staff will open the plain envelope. This envelope has no marking on it, so they have no way of knowing whose ballot is inside. This way, your vote stays secret.

What happens on voting day?

  1. Check in with the election officers.
    You will receive an outer envelope with a declaration. Read, sign and date the declaration. You will also receive a plain inner envelope, a special ballot and the list of candidates for your riding.
  2. Go behind the voting screen.
  3. On your ballot, clearly print the name of your chosen candidate.
    If there are two or more candidates with the same name, also print the name of the candidate’s political party. Do not print only the name of the political party.
  4. Fold your ballot to keep your vote secret.

Bring everything back to the election officers and, in their presence:

  1. First, put the folded ballot in the inner envelope and seal it.
  2. Place the inner envelope (A) in the outer envelope (B). Sign and date the declaration on the outer envelope (B).
    Declarations that are not signed will be set aside, and your vote will not be counted
  3. Put the sealed outer envelope (B) in the ballot box.
    All votes in the ballot box will be returned to Elections Canada at the end of the day to be counted.

Privacy Notice- Revision and Special Ballot Voting Services

How will we use your information?

  • to determine the riding where you live and allow you to vote
  • to add or correct your information in the National Register of Electors (NRoE) so that you may receive accurate and timely voter information cards in the future
  • to contact you by telephone or email only if there are issues with your application or voting kit.

Which laws guide our work?

The Canada Elections Act (CEA) gives authority to collect your personal information.

The Privacy Act protects and ensures that you can access and correct your personal information.

Who receives your personal information?

Personal information on all certificates and forms may be reviewed by an independent third party as part of an audit required by the CEA.
Personal information in the NRoE may also be shared, as required or permitted by law, with:

  • members of Parliament, political parties, and candidates for purposes authorized by the CEA
  • provincial and territorial election agencies and municipalities where data-sharing agreements exist in accordance with the CEA
  • the Commissioner of Canada Elections to ensure that the CEA is complied with and enforced

What happens if you do not wish to give us your information?

If you refuse to give us the required information, you may not be allowed to vote.

What if you wish to file a complaint?

You have the right to file a complaint about how your personal information is handled with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Your personal information is kept in the personal information bank (PIB), called “Voter Registration and Identification- Elections PPU 037”.For a description of the PIB, visit

For more information

Talk to the liaison officer, or call Elections Canada

Toll-free: 1-800-463-6868 TTY 1-800-361-8935


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