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The Atlantic Jewish Council

Holiday-friendly Voting Options for the 2019 Federal Election

This year’s poll dates are not calendar-friendly for our people: they conflict with Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, two of the four Advance Poll days coincide with Shabbat (October 11 and 12) and that the two others coincide with Sukkot, October 13 and 14, 2019.

However, Elections Canada is aware of the conflict and has worked hard to ensure that our people can easily exercise their civic duty and right.

RO Office (Returning Office)

Through October 15, electors may present themselves at their local Returning Office. The Returning Office is open daily, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 a.m.– 4 p.m.

The special ballot voting process at the office has been simplified to make the voting process more efficient, and minimize the time that it takes to cast a ballot. One agent may now add or update information on the list of electors and register electors to vote by special ballot. We expect the time needed to vote in the Returning Office will be cut in half as a result of this streamlined service. Electors can vote in any Returning office, not just the one for their ED.

Advance Polls

Elections Canada is planning to hold advance polls on 4 days, from Friday, October 11 until Monday, October 14. Advance Polls will be open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Observant Jewish electors may attend on Friday, October 11 and on Sunday, October 13 until sunset.

Vote by Mail

Special mail-in ballots may be applied for until October 15, and votes cast and received by October 21.

If you are voting in your riding, your ballot should be received by your Returning Officer before the closing of the polls in order to be counted.

If you are not voting in your riding (for example you got your ballot kit from another Returning Officer), your ballot should be returned at Ottawa, before 6:00pm Eastern time to be counted.

Electors may contact the local Returning Office to make arrangements for a mail-in voting kit or they can apply on-line to register and get a ballot kit. Contacting the local Returning Officer would be the most efficient method to obtain a mail-in voting kit.

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