Newfoundland and Labrador Votes - October 11th, 2011

The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights as residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to vote in the upcoming Provincial Elections on October 11th, 2011.

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

Elections Newfoundland and Labrador describes itself as "responsible for exercising general direction and supervision over the administrative conduct of elections and for enforcing fairness, impartiality and compliance with the Elections Act, 1991". Please visit their website at www.elections.gov.nl.ca

While the links and information found on this page are to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections Newfoundland and Labrador website at www.elections.gov.nl.ca

 

 

Election day is:
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

 

Why Should I Vote?

Your vote is the way you choose someone to represent you in Newfoundland & Labrador'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 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 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. Newfoundland and Labrador's last provincial election in 2007 received a low turnout of only 62 % of voters heading to the ballot.

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 Advance Poll on October 4, 2011 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • By Special Ballot - To do this you must apply to vote by Special Ballot and then mail in the ballot that they send you. Elections Newfoundland and Labrador must receive your registration by 6:00 pm Tuesday October 1st, they must then receive your ballot no later than Wednesday October 5th, 2011 at 4:00pm (3:30 pm in Labrador).

 

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 Newfoundland & Labrador website and search through their Directory of Streets and Towns to find your address – this will tell you what political riding (area) you live in. If you are unable to find your electoral district, please call Elections Newfoundland & Labrador toll-free: 1-877-729-7987.

 

What Candidates Are Running in my Area?

Once you have your riding information – if you click on the link “Official Candidates List” you can view all of the candidates 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:

Liberal Party of Newfoundland & Labrador

New Democratic Party of Newfoundland & Labrador

Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland & Labrador

There are also three independent candidates running, please contact Elections Newfoundland & Labrador for their contact information at 1-877-729-7987.

 

Where Do I Vote?

Once you have your electoral district information you can find out where your voting (polling) station is by clicking on this link.

If you are unable to find your polling station, please call Elections Newfoundland and Labrador at 1-877-729-7987 and one of their staff will provide you with the information.


 

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, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • are a resident of the Province the day before election day, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • are a resident of the electoral district on election day, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • are registered to vote

 

Am I Registered to Vote?

You may also contact Elections Newfoundland and Labrador to confirm that you are on the list and to confirm your correct electoral district.

To get in contact with Elections Newfoundland and Labrador, please call Toll-Free: 1-877-729-7987

 

 

How Do I Register?

  • Contact Elections Newfoundland and Labrador, please call Toll-Free: 1-877-729-7987
  • go to your election day polling place on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.  You will need to swear an oath and produce the necessary identifidation.  For more information contact Elections Newfoundland and Labrador at 1-877-729-7987

 

To Register

You'll be Asked the Following:

  • to fill out a form (you can return it by mail, by fax or in person at your polling place)
  • certify that you are a Canadian citizen who will be 18 or older on election day, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
  • Affidavit of identification

 

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 Newfoundland & Labrador's website.

 

Young Voters

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

For information on how to vote visit Elections Newfoundland & Labrador'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

A patient in hospital who will be unable to attend either the advance or regular poll may vote by special ballot.

 

Information for Aboriginal Voters

We were unable to find information on the Elections Newfoundland & Labrador website. For more information please contact Elections Newfoundland & Labrador at 1-877-729-7987.

 

Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities

We were unable to find information on the Elections Newfoundland & Labrador website. For more information please contact Elections Newfoundland & Labrador at 1-877-729-7987.

 

Newfounlanders and Labradorians Travelling in Canada and Travelling and Living Abroad

  • For Newfoundlanders & Labradorians who are travelling or studying away from home in Canada, find out more information here.

 

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

  • For our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces, more information on how to vote can be found here.

 

 

Voters With No Fixed Address

For more information please contact Elections Newfoundland & Labrador at 1-877-729-7987.

 

Learn about the results of past provincial elections and by elections for your riding from 1972 to present on Elections Newfoundland & Labrador's website.