The Humane Society of Canada would like to urge everyone to exercise their rights 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 NWT and other government websites to assist people from all walks of life in exercising their democratic right to vote.
Elections NWT describes itself as "an independent, non-partisan public agency responsible to the Legislative Assembly for the administration of territorial general elections, by-elections, and plebiscites in accordance with territorial election law." Please visit their website which has comprehensive details in 8 languages
While the links and information found on this page are to Elections NWT's website - for up-to-date information and accuracy please visit Elections NWT website at http://www.electionsnwt.ca/
Election day is:
Monday, October 3, 2011 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Advanced Polling available: on Thursday September 22, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the following locations: Fort McPherson, Deline, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Fort Liard, Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk, Whati, Lutselk'e, Hay River Reserve
Why Should I Vote?
Your vote is the way you choose someone to represent you in the Northwest Territories' Legislative Assembly. By expressing your choice, you are exercising a democratic right that is key to the democratic process of government that generations of Northerners 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. In the 2007 provincial election, voter turnout was 68% in the Northwest Territories.
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 the Advanced Polling Station in the following communities: Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk, Fort McPherson, Deline, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Fort Liard, Whati, Lutselk’e, Hay River Reserve
- In person in the Office of the Returning Officer during posted office hours from September 21 until October 1, 2011.
- By mail by special ballot - to register for the special ballot. If you are not registered by September 14th, you cannot vote by Special Ballot
- In person at a multidistrict poll. During the 2011 election, multi-district polls will be held at three college campuses. For more information please contact Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796
- In person at a mobile poll, for more information please contact Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796
What Riding (Electoral District) Do I Belong To?
Enter your address to see your list of candidates and find out where to vote on Polling Day
What Candidates Are Running in my Area?
Enter your address to see your list of candidates and find out where to vote on Polling Day – you can also search for that information 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 Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796 to find out more information on how to contact the candidates.
Where Do I Vote?
Enter your address to find out where to vote or see a list of polling station locations. To get the address and hours of operation at these locations and information for the advance poll on Thursday Sept. 22, 2011 please contact Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796.
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 call Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796.
How Do I Find Where I Vote?
Elections NWT's website has maps of the 19 electoral districts for download and printing. 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
- are resident in the NWT and have been ordinarily resident in the NWT since October 3, 2010
- 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.
How Do I Register?
- Online - online voter registration closed on August 26, 2011.
- Calling your returning officer to register. Revision of the Preliminary List of Electors begins September 5th and closes at 1:00 p.m. on September 14th. Contact the returning officer for your electoral district during office hours.
- go to your election day polling place on Monday, October 3, 2011 and swearing an oath of elector.
You will be required to show identification, in an approved form, to verify your name and current address.
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 NWT's website.
You have ideas. You have plans. You have beliefs.
For information on how to vote visit Elections NWT'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
Elections NWT has stated on their website that they are "commited to using offices and polling stations that are accessible. If a person needs assistance, election officials are there to assist. To assist voters who are hard-of-sight, all polling stations are equipped with magnifiers from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.A Mobile Poll may be available to those unable to access the polling station by reason of physical disability.
Eligible electors in a hospital, elders’ care facility, or confined to their home may wish to vote by Special Mobile Poll.
Those who are unable to attend the poll by reason of a disability may apply to the Returning Officer for their electoral district. Applications are only accepted from September 19 until September 23. For more information call Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796.
Information for Aboriginal Voters
Please visit Elections NWT website at http://www.electionsnwt.ca/ for voter information in 8 languages as listed on their website: English, French, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, North Slavey, Inuvialuktun, Chipewyan and South Slavey.
Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities
We were unable to find information on the Elections NWT website. For more information please call call Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796.
Northerners Travelling within Canada and Travelling and Living Abroad on the Day of Election
Northerners have two options: the first option is to vote at the Advanced Poll on Thursday September 22, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the following locations: Fort McPherson, Deline, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Fort Liard, Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk, Whati, Lutselk'e, Hay River Reserve
The second option is to vote by a Special Ballot. Special Ballots are available for those temporarily located outside of the territory during the election period.
Voting by Special Ballot can only be done if your name is already on the voters list in advance of the Official List of Electors being issued. If you are not registered by September 14th, you cannot vote by Special Ballot.
Those electors who are provided a Special Ballot, will also be provided instructions on how to complete and return the Special Ballot.
If you plan to vote by Special Ballot, you are strongly encouraged to apply to the Chief Electoral Officer as early as possible after the issue of the writs on September 5, and you must apply before October 1.
Members of the Canadian Armed ForcesWe were unable to find information on the Elections NWT website. For more information please call call Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796.
Voters With No Fixed AddressEligible electors who have no fixed address are welcome to go to a polling station and swearing an oath of elector. If you cannot meet the identification requirements, but know your returning officer by personal acquaintance, then you can vote in the Office of the Returning Officer without showing ID. For more information please call Elections NWT at 1-800-661-0796.
Learn about the results of past provincial elections and by elections for your riding from 1999 to present on Elections NWT's website.