Three Ways for Snowbirds to Vote in This Election

Posted date : Dec 02, 2005.Back to list

Ottawa, On -  Friday, December 2, 2005 - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, and the President of the Canadian Snowbird Association, Gerry Brissenden, jointly announced today their measures to inform Canadians who are spending the winter in warmer climates about how they can vote in this general election.

"We are using a combination of advertising, e-mail messages and Web site announcements to make sure Canadians heading south for the winter know how to exercise their right to vote," stated Mr. Kingsley. "The Canadian Snowbird Association is sending the application for a mail-in ballot directly to all our members, and we have placed a link on our Web site to the Elections Canada information as well," added Mr. Brissenden.

Any Canadian citizen over the age of 18 on election day, Monday, January 23, 2006, can vote in this general election by mail or in person.

Those wishing to vote by mail can register for a mail-in ballot by downloading the application form and guide from www.elections.ca (under the Snowbirds icon), or by requesting the form through one of Elections Canada's toll-free numbers:
  • 1 800 463-6868 (toll-free in Canada and the United States)
  • 001 800 514-6868 (toll-free in Mexico)
  • TTY 1 800 361-8935 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (toll-free in Canada and the United States) or (613) 991-2082 from anywhere
Electors should complete the form as soon as possible, and send it back to Elections Canada immediately. Fax is the best means of transmission. The fax number is on the form, along with Elections Canada's mailing address. Applicants will need to include a copy of identification that shows name, residential address in Canada and signature. Elections Canada will send a ballot and voting kit to the mailing address given on the form as soon as the application has been processed.

"I would remind Canadians that you can only vote once in each election," said Mr. Kingsley. "If you have registered to vote by mail-in ballot, you cannot vote any other way in this election."

Snowbirds still in Canada can choose to vote before they leave.

Now that the election has been called, Canadians who already know the name of a preferred candidate can vote at any time in the returning office in their own ridings. They will need to bring identification that shows name, address and signature.

Those who are not leaving the country until later in the new year might also be able to take advantage of the three days of advance voting held on Friday, January 13, Saturday, January 14, and Monday, January 16, 2006. The advance polls will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m. (local time).

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

Information:
Elections Canada
1 800 463-6868 or at  www.elections.ca

Canadian Snowbird Association
Michael MacKenzie
Research and Communications Officer
(416) 441-7005 or 1 800 265-3200 toll-free
research@snowbirds.org