Nunavut, are you ready to vote?
Federal and municipal elections are just weeks away. Here’s what you need to know in order to cast your ballot.
On Oct. 21 Nunavummiut will head to the polls to cast their ballots for the federal election. One week later, they’ll head back to do it all over again for municipal elections, which are happening all across the territory on the same day for the first time ever.
In order to make sure your voting process goes smoothly, Nunatsiaq News has put everything you need to know in one place.
The federal election
Step one: registration
If you’re on the registration list and you still live at the same address on file—you’re good to go, proceed to step two.
If you need to register to vote or update your address, you can do so online, in-person, or at a local election office until Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. local time.
For those who miss the deadline, you can register to vote or update your voter information at your local polling station on election day, Oct. 21.
Step two: ID
Once you are registered and your information is up to date, here’s what you’ll need to bring to your local polling station on election day:
One piece of photo ID with your name and current address on it. This can be a driver’s licence or any other card issued by a Canadian government.
Show two pieces of ID. Both must have your name and at least one must have your current address. For a full list of acceptable forms of ID, visit the Elections Canada website.
If you don’t have any ID, you can declare your identity and address in writing. For this, you’ll need to have someone who knows you—and is also assigned to your polling station—vouch for you. The person vouching for you needs to be able to prove their identity, address and cannot be vouching for anyone else (except in long-term care institutions).
Step three: vote
With your appropriate IDs in hand:
- On Oct. 21 show up at your local polling station and cast your ballot.
- For those wishing to cast advanced ballots, visit your local polling station between Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Votes can also be cast at any Elections Canada office before Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.
- Mail-in ballots are also accepted. Those interested can apply online or at their local Elections Canada office. The deadline for this is also Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.
Step one: eligibility
If you’d like to vote in the Nunavut-wide municipal elections, including those for a district education authority, you must be the following:
- A Canadian citizen.
- Aged 18 years or older.
- A resident of the community where you intend to vote.
- A Nunavut resident—meaning you have been a resident of the territory for at least one year before Election Day, or you are living away temporarily, but Nunavut is still your home.
If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not eligible to vote:
- You have a court order that says you don’t understand your actions or you can’t decide things for yourself.
- You committed a crime and are in a place for people with mental illness.
- You have been convicted of breaking an election law anywhere in Canada in the last five years.
Step two: voters list
In order to vote, those eligible must also be on the Elections Nunavut voters list.
For those not on the list, you can access a mail-in form here.
You may also fill out the form when you vote, along with providing proper ID. This includes driver licences, vehicle registrations and Government of Nunavut general identification cards.
If your information on the voters list needs to be changed, complete the online form and mail it to Elections Nunavut.
Step three: vote
On Oct. 28 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time, you may cast your ballot at your nearest polling station.
Advanced voting will be open on Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Iqaluit, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, and from 12 p.m. (noon) to 7 p.m. local time elsewhere.
There are also several ways of special access voting, including mail-in ballots, mobile polls and voting via radio or satellite phones. For more information visit the Elections Nunavut website.