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FAQs on the October 26, 2020, Federal By-Elections

There will be federal by-elections in the electoral districts of Toronto Centre and York Centre (Ontario) on Monday, October 26, 2020.



Who is eligible to vote in a federal by-election?

You can vote in a federal by-election if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are at least 18 years old on election day, Monday, October 26
  • have been a resident* of the electoral district in which you are voting since September 21 or earlier
  • can prove your identity and address

*If you're a Canadian living abroad, incarcerated or a Canadian Forces elector, your Canadian address for voting purposes must be in the electoral district where the by-election is taking place.

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Am I registered to vote in a federal by-election?

Check online to see if you're registered at your address to vote in the federal by-election.

If you can't check online, call us to ask if you're registered.

Registered voters should get a voter information card in the mail by October 13 at the address we have on file for them. The card confirms that you are registered and tells you when and where to vote.

Most eligible voters are already registered in the National Register of Electors, the permanent database of Canadians qualified to vote in federal elections and by-elections.

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How do I register or update my registration in the federal by-election?

You can register or update your voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station before you vote on election day, Monday, October 26.

You can also use the Online Voter Registration Service to print a registration certificate, if:

  • you are not yet registered; or
  • your address needs to be updated.

This certificate is not required to register in person at the polls and is offered only if the service can associate your address with a polling division (within a riding).

You should bring a printed copy of the registration certificate, and sign it only at your polling station, in front of the poll worker who is processing your registration.

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Do I have to wear a mask in the polling place?

We strongly recommend that electors and candidate representatives follow public health measures and wear a mask in polling places and Elections Canada offices.

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Will I have to remove my mask to prove my identity?

Electors are not required to remove their face covering when proving their identity and address. There are three ways to do this.

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If an elector thinks they have COVID-19, will that elector be allowed to vote once the special ballot/mail-in ballot deadline has passed?

No. In order to offer the safest environment possible to other electors and workers, Elections Canada is asking electors with COVID-19 to use early voting options and not show up at the polls on polling day.

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