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» Special Ballot Voting Has Changed!

Did you know that Special Ballot Voting has changed? Recent amendments to the Elections Act, 1991 mean that voting by Special Ballot will be conducted differently than Elections Newfoundland and Labrador has done in the past.

Here's what's new:

  • You can still apply for a Special Ballot voting kit up to four weeks before an election is called.
  • The length of an election campaign has increased to 28 days.
  • Your Special Ballot voting kit will be sent to you after the close of Official Nominations, which is 8 days after an election has been called.
  • Special Ballot votes can be cast after the close of Official Nominations.
  • Candidate names and their affiliated party (if applicable) will be printed on your ballot and you may mark an 'X' next to your chosen candidate.

» Where Can I Get An Application for a Special Ballot?

Applications can be obtained by:

A link to download a Special Ballot application

» What Information Must Accompany the Application?

The following information must accompany an application:

  • the name of the applicant and the current address of the applicant's residence in the Province
  • the applicant's mailing address
  • the applicant's date of birth
  • proof of the applicant's identity by including:

    • one document showing the elector's name; current address and signature such as a valid driver's license; or
    • one document, such as a utility bill, showing the elector's current address with the elector actually signing the bill (to compare with the signature on the application form); or

If the applicant has no identification then they can download and submit one of the following forms:

  • Guarantor's Declaration Form - This is a confirmation by another person who can provide proof of the applicant's identity and address of ordinary residence in the electoral district in which the applicant intends to vote. A person is permitted to act as a Guarantor to only one applicant; or
  • Affidavit for Voting by Special Ballot - sAn affidavit signed before an authorized person (e.g. Commissioner for Oaths, Justice of the Peace) verifying the elector's name, current address and signature.

Note: If the applicant has no method of downloading and printing these forms please contact the Office of the the Chief Electoral Officer at local or toll free: (1-877) 729-7987.

» How Do I Return a Completed Application?

A completed application for Special Ballots with accompanying documentation can be returned to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador using any of the following convenient methods:

  • By emailing a scanned copy of the application and supporting documents to the Special Ballot team at specialballot@gov.nl.ca
  • Applications and supporting documentation can be faxed to (709) 729-0723
  • Or, the application and supporting documents can be mailed or hand delivered to the district returning office where you would ordinarily vote or to the Chief Electoral Office, 39 Hallett Cres, St. John's, NL, A1B 4C4.

» What Happens Next?

Your completed application and accompanying documentation will be reviewed and processed by Elections Newfoundland and Labrador staff. If additional information for your application is required, a staff member will contact you.

After nominations have closed a Special Ballot kit will be sent to you to cast your vote. This kit must be returned by mail or hand delivered to either the Chief Electoral Office, 39 Hallett Crescent, St. John's, NL, A1B 4C4, or to the district returning office where you would ordinarily vote.

Your Special Ballot kit must be received by Elections Newfoundland and Labrador by the deadline to return the ballot kit, which will be communicated to you in your ballot kit instructions. Late ballots will not be accepted.

» Can I Cast My Special Ballot Vote In-Person?

Yes, after the Official Nomination Day, you can cast a Special Ballot vote in-person at either the Chief Electoral Office, 39 Hallett Cres, St. John's, NL, A1B 4C4, or at the district returning office. Our friendly staff will assist you in completing your Special Ballot application and preparing the Special Ballot kit after you have cast your vote in our voting booths.

» Background Information: Special Ballots

Special Ballot voting is an alternative voting method available to electors who feel they will be unable to vote in-person at the advance or regular polls. According to the Elections Act, 1991, electors may apply for a Special Ballot kit up to four weeks prior to the election or by-election being called.

Interested electors can apply to vote by Special Ballot and, once an application is approved and Official Nominations have closed for the election or by-election, a Special Ballot kit is issued. This kit consists of a ballot and a series of envelopes designed to protect the secrecy of the elector's vote.

Once an elector is approved for a Special Ballot then they will not be able to cast their vote at a regular or advance poll.

Elections Newfoundland and Labrador coordinates Special Ballot voting at personal care homes and hospitals around the province to facilitate voting for those who are unable to get out to the polls. There are important deadlines to adhere to when voting by Special Ballot and these dates will be communicated to electors who apply.

Elections Newfoundland and Labrador has prepared a Special Ballot voting pamphlet which includes information on important deadlines and the application process. The pamphlet is found on the sidebar of this page.