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How to apply to vote special ballot

This section is for electors residing in the electoral districts of Toronto Centre (Ontario) and York Centre (Ontario) and who will be in their riding when they submit their application to vote by special ballot.

Since you will be in your riding when you submit your application to vote by special ballot, you must apply to your local Elections Canada office. Click here for the contact info for your local Elections Canada office.

How to apply at your local Elections Canada office:

1. Complete and print this form:

Application for Registration and Special Ballot
local elector (PDF format)

Can't print the form? Call or visit your local Elections Canada office to request a form.

2. Sign your completed form.

3. Submit your completed, signed form to your local Elections Canada office, along with your proof of identity and address.

If you apply in person

You must provide proof of identity and address, using an option from this list.

If you apply by mail, courier or fax

Include copies of proof of identity and address using an option listed below:

Provide one piece of government-issued ID

It must have your photo, name and current address.


  • driver's licence, or
  • provincial or territorial ID card

Provide two pieces of ID

Show one document with your name, and one with your name and address.


  • health card and phone bill, or
  • debit card and bank statement

Provide an affidavit

Provide an affidavit, signed before a person authorized to receive oaths in the province or territory, showing your name and home address. (This option does not apply to people applying in person.).

Deadlines and reminders

  • Your local Elections Canada office must receive your completed application by the deadline: 6:00 p.m. local time on October 20, 2020.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a special ballot voting kit.
  • Return your marked ballot to your local Elections Canada office by the deadline: October 26, 2020, before the polls close in your riding.
  • You can vote only once per by-election. Once you apply to vote by mail, this is the only way you can vote. You cannot vote at a polling place.

For other electors

If you live in Canada but are not eligible to vote in one of the current by-elections, you may not apply for a special ballot at this time. You may apply only when an election has been called in your riding.

Please contact us if you have any questions.