Special Ballot Voting

Voting by Special Ballot in the 2019 Provincial General Election

The deadline to apply to vote by Special Ballot is May 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

While voters can apply to vote by Special Ballot however a Special Ballot voting kit (which includes the ballot) will not be issued until AFTER the close of nominations on April 25 at 2:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Proof of identity must accompany each application. Requirements are outlined further down on this page.

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.

Applying to Vote by Special Ballot

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.

Applications can be obtained by:

Information Required with Application

The following information must be submitted on a Special Ballot 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:
    • the name of the applicant and the current address of the applicant's residence in the Province
    • the applicant's mailing address
    • the elector's signature

If an applicant has no identification then download and submit one of the following forms (Note: If no method of downloading and printing is available, please contact Elections NL by telephone, toll-free or locally, at (1-877) 729-7987):

  • 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 - An affidavit signed before an authorized person (e.g. Commissioner for Oaths, Justice of the Peace) verifying the elector's name, current address and signature.

Returning a Completed Application

A completed application for Special Ballots with accompanying documentation can be returned to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador using one 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
  • By faxing applications and supporting documentation to (709) 729-5671
  • Or, by mailing or hand delivering it to the district returning office where you would ordinarily vote or to the Elections NL Office located at 39 Hallett Crescent, St. John's, NL. Include postal code A1B 4C4 if returning by mail to the Elections NL office.

Voting by Special Ballot

Voting by Special Ballot can be completed by mail or in person.

If voting in person, an elector can cast a Special Ballot vote at the Elections NL office located at 39 Hallett Crescent, St. John's, NL or at the district returning office. Electors can bring along their completed application, their completed kit, or apply and vote all in the same visit. Votes can only be cast after the Official Nomination Day.

If voting by mail, when a completed application with accompanying documentation is received, it is reviewed and processed by Elections NL staff. If additional information for an application is required, a staff member will contact the applicant.

This completed Special Ballot kit must be returned by mail or hand delivered to either Elections NL Office or to the applicant's district returning office by the deadline. Late ballots will not be accepted.