Voting by mail
When you vote by mail, you vote by special ballot. Once you have applied to vote by mail and we have approved your application, we mail you a special ballot voting kit that includes everything you need to vote. You fill out your ballot and mail it back to Elections Canada using a pre-addressed return envelope with prepaid postage. Your ballot must be returned by election day.
How it works:
Apply to vote by mail as soon as possible.
You can apply online or by contacting any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.
Learn more below.
We mail you a voting kit. When you decide on the candidate you want to vote for, write the name of the candidate on your ballot.
Learn more about how to find the list of candidates in your riding and how to mark your ballot.
Mail your completed ballot back to us. Deadlines apply!
Your voting kit contains everything you need to return your ballot to Elections Canada, including a prepaid envelope. Follow the instructions in your kit.
Should I vote by mail?
We know many voters are asking themselves this question. This is a different election, and your voting experience will be different. If you are considering voting by mail, here is what you should know:
- Voting at advance or election day polls is still the simplest and most efficient option. A number of health and safety measures are in place at each polling location to keep you safe.
- If you want to vote by mail, plan early . Deadlines apply, and you must allow enough time for your special ballot voting kit to reach you and for you to return your marked ballot to Elections Canada by election day.
- Once your application to vote by mail is approved, you can’t change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day.
- Your ballot is your responsibility. If you need help returning your ballot, seal your ballot kit envelopes and choose someone you know and trust.
Who should consider voting by mail?
Consider voting by mail if:
How do I apply to vote by mail?
Apply online to vote by mail
You can also contact any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.