Snowbirds/Away From Home
If I am working or travelling away from home, where am I eligible to vote?
According to section 43 of the Election Act, an elector must vote in the polling subdivision of the electoral division in which the person is ordinarily resident on polling day.
An elector is considered to have only one place of ordinary residence, and it is defined as “the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent from it, the person intends to return”. Therefore, if you temporarily live or work away from your place of ordinary residence, you must still vote in the electoral division in which you ordinarily reside.For example, this would apply to:
- A construction worker from Edmonton working in Fort McMurray and living in temporary accommodations (a camp site, a motel, or an apartment) who ordinarily resides with his family in Edmonton. The worker would be eligible to vote in Edmonton.
- A retired person from Pincher Creek traveling in another country who has been away for several months but intends to return after the extended holiday. The vacationer would be eligible to vote in Pincher Creek.
In all cases, the electors would have to meet the regular eligibility criteria.
How can I vote if I plan to be away on Election Day?
If you plan to be away on Election Day, you have two options:
Please be certain to consider these options well in advance of polling day – electors who have not made arrangements in time have been very disappointed when, for example, sufficient time is not left to receive and return a Special Ballot. The returning officer will do his or her best to accommodate your particular situation, but the request must be made by the elector in time to meet the administrative requirements of the electoral process.