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By-election May 13, 2013 – Official Voting Results

Nomination of candidates

The candidates in the by-election had until 2:00 p.m. on April 22, 2013, to file their nomination papers in accordance with the date published in the Notice of Election by the returning officer.

In Labrador, four registered parties nominated candidates: the Conservative Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada, the Libertarian Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. There were no independent candidates. None of the candidates withdrew during the period in which this was permitted.

Registered electors

For the May 2013 by-election, there were 20,159 names on the preliminary lists of electors. The lists were produced from information in the National Register of Electors. During the revision period, which extended from April 10 until May 7, 997 electors were registered in Labrador. This figure includes electors who were already on the lists but had changed addresses.

The names recorded on the final lists of electors (that is, the lists prepared after election day) numbered 20,630 in Labrador. These lists included the names of the 1,004 electors who registered on election day, some of whom had changed addresses.

Polling stations

On election day, the ordinary polling stations were open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) in Labrador. The returning officer set up 69 ordinary polling stations, 66 of which were stationary.

In addition, the Act provides for the establishment of mobile polling stations to collect the votes of seniors and persons with disabilities who live in long-term care facilities. These polling stations, which serve polling divisions with at least two institutions, travel from institution to institution and remain open at each place only as long as necessary to enable the electors present to vote. In the May 13 by-election, three mobile polling stations were established.

The returning officer is required to set up advance polling stations to collect the votes of electors who cannot or do not wish to go to their ordinary polling stations on election day. The electoral district had 20 advance polling stations. All the advance polling stations were open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time) on May 3, 4 and 6.

Voter turnout

A total of 12,137 electors cast a ballot in the by-election in Labrador, a participation rate of 58.8%. Of these electors, 10,163 (83.7%) voted on election day at their ordinary polling stations.

Table 1
Number of ballots cast, by voting method
Voting method Labrador
No. %
Ordinary polling stations 10,163 83.7
Advance polling stations 1,560 12.9
Special Voting Rules – Group  1* 57 0.5
Special Voting Rules – Group 2** 357 2.9
Total 12,137 100

*Includes Canadian citizens temporarily residing outside Canada, members of the Canadian Forces (except members of the Canadian Forces who voted at the polling station established for the polling division of their place of ordinary residence) and incarcerated electors.

**Includes Canadian citizens residing in Canada who voted by special ballot in or outside the electoral district.

Candidate elected

The Liberal Party of Canada candidate, Yvonne Jones, was declared elected in Labrador once the validation of results was completed.

Following this by-election, the distribution of seats in the House of Commons was:

Conservative Party of Canada 164
New Democratic Party 100
Liberal Party of Canada 36
Bloc Québécois 5
Green Party of Canada 1
Independent 2
Vacant 0
Total 308