Federal Election Monday, September 20

How to apply to vote by special ballot

The deadline to apply to vote by mail from within your riding is 6:00 p.m., local time, September 14, 2021.

This section is for electors residing in Canada and who will be in their riding when they submit their application to vote by special ballot.

You can apply online or by submitting your application at your local Elections Canada office.

How to apply

1. Prepare your proof of ID and address

You will need to provide proof of ID with your application.

Choose one of these options:

  • Provide one piece of government-issued ID

    It must have your photo, name and current address.


    • driver's license 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 electors applying in person).

See the full list of accepted ID here. If you apply online, you will need to upload copies of your proof of ID.

If you apply in person, you will need to show your proof of ID to the election worker, or you may take an oath. To take an oath, you must declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you vouch for you. Learn more.

2. Apply online or at a local Elections Canada office

To apply online:

  1. Click the “Apply online” button, below.
  2. Complete the application by following the steps on screen. You will be asked once again to confirm that you are a Canadian citizen and eligible to vote.

Note: We strongly recommend that you provide an email address or phone number when prompted.

Giving your contact information lets us send you a reference number to check your application status. It also lets us get in touch with you, if needed. Without this information, we won't be able to inform you of any issues that may come up, which might affect your ability to vote.

Apply online I have copies of my proof of ID and address ready

To submit your application 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 (either in person or by mail or fax) along with your proof of ID and address.

Deadlines and reminders

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