The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as Prince Edward Islanders to vote in the upcoming Provincial Elections on October 3rd, 2011.

The Humane Society of Canada is providing this information in a non-partisan fashion by providing links directly to Elections PEI and other government websites to assist Islanders from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections PEI's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections PEI website at www.electionspei.ca/index.php

 

 

Election day is:
Monday, October 3, 2011 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Advanced Polling available: Friday, September 30, 2011 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

 

Why Should I Vote?

Your vote is the way you choose someone to represent you in Prince Edward Island's Legislative Assembly. By expressing your choice, you are exercising a democratic right that is key to the democratic process of government that generations of Islanders and other Canadians have fought to build.

For example, Student Vote, a non-partisan group that partners with Elections Canada www.elections.ca says that: "A central component of a healthy democracy is the participation of its citizens in the electoral process. Many argue that voting is the most basic responsibility of our citizenship."

"The decline in electoral participation has been a phenomenon observed in many western democracies throughout the past two decades. It has become increasingly evident that this trend can be attributed to low levels of electoral participation among young Canadians."

Specifically in Canada, voter turnout of 61.1 percent in the 2011 general election only slightly improved from an all-time low of 59 percent in the 2008 federal election. Prince Edward Islanders lead Canada in voter turnout with an 83% return in the 2007 provincial election.

Student Vote believes that one of the best ways to approach this challenge is to reach young Canadians early in life and give them an opportunity to cultivate the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.

Young Canadians should graduate high school with the interest, knowledge and skills necessary for effective citizenship. They must know why to vote, how to vote,and most importantly have a strong enough faith and commitment in their democracy that no matter happens, they don't give up on it."

 

How Can I Vote?

  • In person on Election Day
  • In person at an Advanced Polling Station - which you can find here
  • By Mail by special ballot - For more informatoin about this click here.

 

What Riding (Electoral District) Do I Belong To?

In order to find out what riding you belong to click on this link which will take you to the Elections PEI website and enter your address (street number and street name) – this will tell you what political riding (area) you live in.

 

What Candidates Are Running in my Area?

Once you have entered your address Elections PEI's website will give you your riding – you can the search for that riding on their Candidates Directory. This will give you all of the candidates in your riding as well as their party affiliation.

 

How Do I Contact My Candidates?

Once you have found out who is running in your area, you can contact them via their party found below in alphabetical order by party:

Green Pary of PEI

Island Party of PEI

Liberal Party of PEI

New Democratic Party of PEI

PEI Progressive Conservative Party

 

 

Where Do I Vote?

Enter your postal code in this link on the Elections PEI Website and it will return a link to the Voting (Polling) location in your area, and their hours of operation. You will also get the address and hours of operation to the location where you can go and vote by at the advance poll on Saturday Sept. 24, Monday Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.

Voting also takes place in nursing homes and long-term health care institutions, so the physically disabled can vote, even at their bedside. To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections PEI at 1-888-234-VOTE.

 

How Do I Find Where I Vote?

Go to a mapping tool website like mapquest.ca. Click on the "get directions" link, and you can type in your address and the address of your voting (polling) centre.

 

Who is Eligible to Vote in the Provincial Election?

You may vote in this provincial election if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • will be 18 or older on election day, Monday, October 3, 2011
  • resident in the province for the six months immediately preceding the date the election was called
  • place of ordinary residence has been in the polling division on the date the election was called
  • are registered to vote

 

Am I Registered to Vote?

Most electors are already registered in the Provincial List of Electors, a database of electors who are qualified to vote in provincial elections. Elections PEI sent a canvasser door to door within each voting (polling) division and collect the names of all eligible electors from September 6 to 13, 2011. Voter Registration Period ran from September 16 to 20, 2011.

 

How Do I Register?

  • Give your name to the confirmation officer during their canvassing period from September 6 to 13, 2011
  • Calling your Returning Officers Office which can be found by entering your address in this link
  • go to your election day polling place on Monday, October 3, 2011 and swearing an oath of elector

 


Information for Seniors

Please consider volunteering to help seniors living in your neighbourhood or contact your local church, community centre, retirement or nursing homes to find out how you can volunteer to help seniors vote. Please visit Elections PEI's website.

 

Young Voters

You have ideas. You have plans. You have beliefs.

For information on how to vote visit Elections PEI's website.

For more information on how youth can become more active by involving themselves, their families and their fellow students in the voting process; and prepare themselves for the day when they become 18 and eligible to vote check out Student Votes.

 

Information for People With Special Needs

All polling locations are wheel chair accessible. Voting also takes place in nursing homes and long-term health care institutions, so the physically disabled can vote, even at their bedside. To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections PEI at 1-888-234-VOTE.

 

Information for Aboriginal Voters

We were unable to find information on the Elections PEI website. For more information please call Elections PEI at 1-888-234-VOTE.

 

Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities

We were unable to find information on the Elections PEI website. For more information please call Elections PEI at 1-888-234-VOTE.

 

Islanders Travelling within Canada and Travelling and Living Abroad on the Day of Election

Islanders have two options: the first option is to vote at an Advance Poll in your electoral district. Advance Polls are conducted on on Saturday Sept. 24, Monday Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.

The second option is to vote by a Mail-in Ballot. Electors wishing to cast their ballots by mail must complete an Application for Registration form which requires the following elector information: Name, Civic Address, Present mailing address, Telephone Number, Date of Birth, Sex and signature. Also, a copy of an official document showing your name, address, date of birth and signature, such as a driver's license or a combination of two documents providing the same information. For more information please click here.

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces or the spouse of member who have a statement of ordinary residence under section 19 of the Canada Elections Act are eligible for vote by mail.

Electors wishing to cast their ballots by mail must complete an Application for Registration form which requires the following elector information: Name, Civic Address, Present mailing address, Telephone Number, Date of Birth, Sex and signature. Also, a copy of an official document showing your name, address, date of birth and signature, such as a driver's license or a combination of two documents providing the same information. For more information please click here.

 

Voters With No Fixed Address

Eligible electors who have no fixed address are welcome to go to a polling station and swearing an oath of elector.  For more information please call Elections PEI at 1-888-234-VOTE.


Learn about the results of past provincial elections and by elections for your riding from 1996 to present on Elections PEI's website.

The Elections PEI website also has page of statistics on Voter Turnout since 1966 for Provincial Elections.