Organisation : Elections Canada
Election Name : 2021 Federal Election
Facility : Seniors’ Residences & Long-Term Care Facilities
Country : Canada
Election Date : Monday, September 20th 2021
Website : https://www.elections.ca/home.aspx
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Federal Election Canada
We are working with seniors’ residences and long-term care facilities to ensure that residents have options to vote safely, either at the facility where they live or through other voting options.
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The voting options available vary from facility to facility, depending on the health and safety measures in place and whether facility administrators are able to support on-site voting services.
How To Vote?
Depending on the situation at your facility, you will vote in one of the following ways:
At An On-Site Poll :
A poll will be set up at your facility at a date and time determined by the facility administrator and Elections Canada.
Through Coordinated Special Ballot Voting :
Staff at the facility will work with the local Elections Canada office to provide you with a special ballot application and voting kit. They may also help you with your application.
By Mail :
You will apply independently to vote using the vote-by-mail process.
Other Voting Options
If your facility is not able to offer an on-site poll or coordinated special ballot voting, there are other voting options available to you. You may vote:
** At your assigned advance polling station on Friday, September 10, Saturday,September 11, Sunday, September 12, or Monday, September 13
** At any local Elections Canada office, before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 14;
** By mail (apply by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14)
** At your assigned polling station on election day
Note: If you wish to vote at an Elections Canada office or at a polling station outside of your facility, check with the facility administrator to see if health and safety policies allow you to travel off site.
What is “coordinated special ballot voting”?
** Voting at some facilities will be done through coordinated special ballot voting. This means that residents will vote by special ballot and staff at the facility will assist with the process and provide support to residents. Staff will:
** Provide residents with a special ballot application form and, if needed, help them to complete it (for example by making the required copies of residents’ proof of identity and address)
** Provide residents with their voting kit, which includes instructions on how to complete their special ballot and prepare the return envelope
** Collect the completed voting kits and return them to the local Elections Canada office where ballots will be counted
I just recently moved to my long-term care facility. Can I vote there?
If your facility offers an on-site voting option (an on-site poll or coordinated special ballot voting) and you move to the facility before voting takes place: You will be able to vote using the on-site voting option planned for your facility.
Each resident at your facility will receive a notice from Elections Canada listing the voting options available to them. To vote, you will need to prove your identity and address.
If you are voting at a poll set up at your facility:
If you don’t have ID with the address of the facility where you just moved, staff at your facility can provide you with a Letter of Confirmation of Residence that you can use to prove your address. You will need to provide a second piece of accepted ID with your name. If you do not have accepted ID, staff at your facility can vouch for you when you go to vote.
If you are voting by mail (through coordinated special ballot voting or independently):
You must provide proof of identity and address when you apply to vote by mail. If you do not have a piece of ID with the address of the facility where you just moved, staff at your facility can provide you with a Letter of Confirmation of Residence that you can use to apply. You will need to provide a second piece of accepted ID with your name.
Once you know which voting option will be in place at your facility, contact your facility administrator or the local Elections Canada office in your riding to learn more about how to prove your identity and address.
If you move to your facility after on-site voting takes place:
If health and safety policies at your facility allow you to travel off site, you may be able to vote at an assigned polling station on election day.
Contact your local Elections Canada office to request a transfer certificate. If you are able to travel to your assigned polling station on election day, you can use the certificate to vote there. You will also need to bring accepted ID.
Normally, I get voting assistance from a family member, caregiver or friend, but my facility does not allow visitors due to COVID-19. What can I do?
If you need assistance to vote but visitors are not allowed to enter your facility, staff at the facility may be able to help you. Contact your facility administrator or your local Elections Canada office to ask about how you can get assistance to vote.