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.

Voters across Nunavut will be casting ballots twice in the coming weeks—first on Oct. 21 for the federal election and then a week later on Oct. 28 for the municipal elections. (File photo)

By Dustin Patar

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

Confirm your voter registration status online, by stopping into your local election office, or calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

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.

Municipal elections

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.

To find out if you are on the voters list, contact either your local returning officer or Elections Nunavut by email, or at 1-800-267-4394.

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.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Inuk Person on

    No, Nunavut is not ready to vote. The voter turnout will probably be less than 50% again. Indigenous (and other) people take voting for granted now; many non-Caucasian and women were not allowed to vote until the 19th century. Election happens only one day out of every three to four years, I don’t know why people don’t bother voting nowadays. It would be nice if more people went to vote, even if the person you’re voting does not get elected, your vote still counts!

  2. Posted by Fred Durst on

    Now is the time, Nunavut. The establishment Liberals and Conservatives are falling in national polls. This is good news.
    There is no excuse not to do the right thing. No more Liberal-Conservative back-and-forth. Let’s go for something different this time around and go with a party that isn’t for pipelines, that isn’t for setting targets that won’t even address the impacts of climate change, and that doesn’t take Indigenous kids to court.
    Nunavut/Nunatsiaq hasn’t had a non-establishment MP since the 80s, right? Yeah. We need a change. Now is the time for something different.

  3. Posted by Privilege on

    We are privileged to be able to vote. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died in the last few years fighting for the right to vote. The least we can do is take a few minutes to make our opinion count.

  4. Posted by vote counts on

    so we continually complain votes don’t count. How else will our votes count if you don’t vote?? your votes count for your medical travel, your social assistance, and your votes count for demand to get more housing and better health care.
    so stop complaining and go vote!!

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