CSA to Promote Mail-in Ballots for Federal Election

Posted date : Nov 03, 2000.Back to list

Toronto, Ontario - With federal politicians out in full force to sway votes, there are more than 220,000 Canadians over the age of 55 who are beyond the reach of a handshake. According to the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA), hundreds of thousands of Canadians are already wintering in the southern United States and other warmer regions of the world and will be absent for the November 27 Federal Election. Out of sight, is not out of mind at election time however these Canadians abroad can still help shape the political future of Canada.

One of the primary objectives of the CSA when it was formed nine years ago, was to obtain the right to vote for our members, says  Managing Director. Typically, snowbirds are absent anywhere from one to six months. The CSA believed that, as taxpayers, these Canadians still deserved a say in what was happening back home. In May of 1993, our hard work came to fruition when the Canada Elections Act was amended to allow out-of-Canada voting rights. Calling an election in the past, with hundreds of thousands of citizens absent is unconscionable. Canadian snowbirds can and will make a difference on November 27, 2000.

According to research conducted by the CSA, approximately 220,000 Canadians will be absent on November 27, 2000. Those numbers represent only the Canadians abroad for a month or more. When taking into account the number of Canadians out-of-country on short-term stays, the number of eligible voters absent on voting day rises dramatically.

In order to reach as many Canadians abroad as possible, Elections Canada, working with the CSA, is targeting US sunbelt media outlets in an advertising blitz aimed at informing snowbirds of their right to vote.

Those who wish to vote by mail-in ballot have to move fast. Voters must submit their completed application to Elections Canada before 6:00 p.m. on November 21, 6:00 p.m. EST, 2000. However, we encourage people to do it as soon as possible. It must be processed, then a voting kit is sent out. Finally, the Elections Canada office in Ottawa must receive the ballot back before 6:00 p.m. on Election Day November 27, 6:00 p.m. EST, 2000.

Applications for the mail-in special ballot are also available at any Canadian embassy, high commission or consular office. Canadians who will be outside of Canada on November 27, 2000 are encouraged to contact Elections Canada as soon as possible. To save time, you can download the registration form from the Elections Canada Web site at www.elections.ca (under Registration of Electors). You can also contact Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

For more information:
Managing Director
Elections Canada Media Relations
Canadian Snowbird Association
(613) 991-3883
1-800-265-3200, (416) 441-7064


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