Manitoba Votes - October 4th, 2011

The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as residents of Manitoba to vote in the upcoming Provincial Election on October 4th, 2011.

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

Elections Manitoba states on their website that it "operates free of political influence;conducts Manitoba's provincial elections, by-elections and referendums;ensures all eligible citizens have the opportunity to vote;promotes public awareness of voting and the electoral process". Please visit their website which has comprehensive details in english and french at www.electionsmanitoba.ca/.

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections Manitoba's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections Manitoba's website at www.electionsmanitoba.ca.

 

 

Election day is:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 7 am to 8 pm

 

Why Should I Vote?

Your vote is the way you choose someone to represent you in Manitoba'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 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."

"Yet, the decline in electoral participation has been a phenomenon observed in many western democracies throughout the past two decades. Specifically in Canada, voter turnout reached an all-time low of 59 percent in the 2008 federal election.

It has become increasingly evident that this trend can be attributed to low levels of electoral participation among young Canadians."

"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. Manitoba's voter turnout for the last provincial election in 2007 was 56.75%.

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.

 

How Can I Vote?

  • In person on Election Day
  • In person at an Advanced Poll
  • By mail by absentee ballot - To do this you must register first and submit the registration form either in person, by fax or by mail then you will receive an absentee ballot that they send to you. Elections Manitoba must receive your registration before October 1st, they must then receive your ballot no later than October 4th, 2011.
  • Voting information for Interlake flood evacuees

 

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 Manitoba website and enter your street address if you live in Winnipeg or Brandon, or your city if you live elsewhere – this will tell you what political riding (area) you live in, and if click on that link, you can find the contact information for the returning officer who will direct you to where to vote.

 

What Candidates Are Running in my Area?

 

If you are on the Elections Manitoba website if you click on this link which will take you to the Elections Manitoba website and enter your street address if you live in Winnipeg or Brandon, or your city if you live elsewhere on the right side of the screen you can view all of the candidates running for office and their party affiliations.

 

 

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:

Communist Party of Canada – Manitoba (CPC-M)

Green Party of Manitoba

Manitoba Liberal Party

New Democratic Party of Manitoba

Progressive Conservatives of Manitoba

 

There is one independent MLA running for for the Interlake district, please contact the returning officer for their details.

 

 

Where Do I Vote?

In order to find out what riding you belong to click on this link which will take you to the Elections Manitoba website and enter your street address if you live in Winnipeg or Brandon, or your city if you live elsewhere – this will tell you what political riding (area) you live in, and if click on that link, you can find the contact information for the returning officer who will direct you to where to vote.

If you have a disability, you — and your caregiver, if applicable — can apply to vote at home by contacting your returning officer.

Voting will be available for patients in hospitals and other care facilities on election day. To find out if there will be mobile polls in your residence, ask the administrator or call Elections Manitoba at 1 (866) 628-6837.

 

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 federal election if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • will be 18 or older on election day, Tuesday, October 4, 2011
  • have resided in Manitoba for at least 6 months immediately before election day
  • are registered to vote

 

Am I Registered to Vote?

Most electors are already registered in the Provincial Register of Electors, a database of electors who are qualified to vote in provincial elections. Elections Manitoba will conduct an enumeration of eligible voters at the beginning of the election.

 

How Do I Register?

  • go to your election day polling place on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Bring one piece of government-issued photo ID or two other documents with your name to the voting place and sign an oath.

 

To Register

You'll be Asked the Following:

  • to bring one piece of government-issued photo ID or two other documents with your name to the voting place and sign an oath.

 

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 Manitoba's website.

 

Young Voters

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

For information on how to vote visit Elections Manitoba's website. And see their website Citizen Next.

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

If you have a disability, you — and your caregiver, if applicable — can apply to vote at home by contacting your returning officer.

Voting will be available for patients in hospitals and other care facilities on election day.

For those who are visually impared, templates that allow you to mark your ballot on your own are available at the voting place. If you have trouble reading the ballot, you can use a template or someone under oath can help you.

 

If you cannot mark the ballot yourself someone under oath, or the voting officer, will be allowed to help you.

Please contact Elections Manitoba at 1 (866) 628-6837 for more information.

 

Information for Aboriginal Voters

We were unable to find information on the Elections Manitoba website.  Please contact Elections Manitoba at 1 (866) 628-6837 for more information.

 

Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities

We were unable to find information on the Elections Manitoba website.  Please contact Elections Manitoba at 1 (866) 628-6837 for more information.

 

Manitobans Travelling in Canada and Travelling and Living Abroad

You can apply for absentee voting if you are eligible to vote but can't make it to a voting place on election day or advance voting days. Absentee voters should apply to their returning officer, or the Chief Electoral Officer before an election , as early as possible.

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

For our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces, you can apply for absentee voting if you are eligible to vote but can't make it to a voting place on election day or advance voting days. Absentee voters should apply to their returning officer, or the Chief Electoral Officer before an election , as early as possible.

 

 

 

Voters With No Fixed Address

We were unable to find information on the Elections Manitoba website.  Please contact Elections Manitoba at 1 (866) 628-6837 for more information.

 

Learn about the results of past provincial elections and by elections for your riding from 1995 to present on Elections Manitoba's website.