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Organization : Elections Canada
Facility : Voter Registration
Province : Newfoundland and Labrador
Country : Canada

Voter Registration : http://www.elections.gov.nl.ca/elections/Voters/index.html
Home page : http://www.elections.gov.nl.ca/elections/default.asp

Voter Registration :
Elections Newfoundland and Labrador updates the Voters List on a continuous basis.
Contact us if you have :
** recently turned 18 years of age
** moved residence
** recently moved to Newfoundland and Labrador
** changed your name

You may also contact us to :
** confirm that you are on the list
** confirm your correct electoral district
** You can contact us by phone, local or toll-free, at (1-877) 729-7987.

If you would prefer to send your information by mail, use one or both of the following forms as required
:
** Oath/Affirmation/Declaration Of Elector For Addition, Update Or Removal On The Official List Of Electors (VR-21)
** Types of Acceptable Identification (PN-15) which must accompany the above application
** Affidavit for Identification (VR-24) (required if you are unable to include any supporting documentation to verify your ordinary residence)
** Guarantor’s Form (VR-23) (required if you are unable to include any supporting documentation to verify your ordinary residence)

Who works in the electoral districts during an election? :
Each electoral district has what is called a ‘Returning Office’. This office coordinates the election from the district level. Each Returning Office is staffed with a Returning Officer (who is like the district election manager), an Election Clerk (who is like the district election assistant manager) and a Special Ballot Officer (this person coordinates Special Ballot voting within the district).

What legislation governs Elections Newfoundland and Labrador? :
The Elections Act, 1991 sets out election laws.

What does Elections Newfoundland and Labrador do prior to an election call? :
The office maintains a constant state of readiness and must ensure that all those involved in the electoral process (i.e. candidates, parties and electors) are aware of their rights and obligations under the law. The office has a full contingent of permanent staff, temporary staff, field staff, Returning Officers, Election Clerks and Special Ballot Officers.

What does Elections Newfoundland and Labrador do during an election? :
The Chief Electoral Officer must enforce on the part of election officers fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Act. He or she must also exercise general direction and supervision over the administrative conduct of elections. Read more on the ‘About Us’ page.

What does Elections Newfoundland and Labrador do following an election? :
Immediately following an election, election officials and polling station rental fees are paid. The services provided by Elections Newfoundland and Labrador must be available between electoral events and the staff (both at headquarters and in the field) are trained and ready at any time for an election. The voters list is continually updated, reports are published and submitted to the House of Assembly, election expenses are reimbursed, accounts are audited, and all procedures and processes are evaluated.

What are the qualifications I need to meet in order to vote? :
In order to vote, an elector must be :
** At least 18 years of age;
** A Canadian Citizen;
** A resident of the Province the day before polling day;
** A resident of the district and polling division on polling day.

How do I find out what electoral district I am in? :
There is a feature on the Elections Newfoundland and Labrador website that allows electors to search for their own electoral district. Additionally, one of Elections Newfoundland and Labrador’s major divisions is the Voter Registry. This division maintains the voters list and is able to search for elector information within an electronic system. In order to find out which district you are in, you may also call Elections Newfoundland and Labrador at (1-877) 729-7987 to speak to a Voter Registry Coordinator.

How can I add my name to the voters list? :
In order to add your name to the voters list, you can simply call the Voter Registry division at Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Please note that during elections there are deadlines to be added to the list. This will not affect your ability to vote, but it will require you to swear an oath at the polling station and present identification.

Can I vote at the polls if my name is not on the voters list? :
Yes, you can still vote if your name is not on the voters list. You will, however, be required to swear an oath (swearing that you are who you say you are) and present identification that shows your name, address and signature. It is also possible for a Deputy Returning Officer or Poll Clerk who is working at the polling station to visibly identify an elector (if he or she knows the individual and can vouch that he or she is who they claim to be).

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