Voting FAQ

What ID do I need to vote?

Answer

While you don't need identification to vote, you will asked for identification with your name and civic address when you register. When you do go to vote even if you have your Voter Information Card, it is always a good idea to bring proper and current identification to the polling station in order to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings.

Acceptable Identification:

  1. ONE piece of photo provincial government identification:

    • Nova Scotia Driver’s License

    • Nova Scotia Identification Card

    • Certificate of Indian Status Card

  2. TWO documents that contain the elector’s name and at least one containing their current civic address:

    • Voter Information Card

    • University/College/School

      1. Student Card

      2. Admissions letter

      3. Statement of tuition fees

    • Health card

    • Canadian passport

    • Canadian citizenship card

    • Birth certificate

    • Social insurance card

    • Vehicle Registration

    • Credit Card

    • Statement of account (telephone, power bill, credit card)

  3. If you don't have identification, you may swear an oath and sign a declaration that states your name and address.

Click here to check out the full list of acceptable identification.

Am I eligible to vote?

Answer

As long as you are a Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older on May 30, 2017 and you have lived in Nova Scotia for a period of six months or longer prior to April 30, 2017 then you are eligible to vote in the upcoming provincial election.

Like all other Nova Scotia voters as a post-secondary student you are entitled to vote in the electoral district in which your main residence is located. Since many college and university students have two residences - one when at school, and one when not at school - students must choose one or the other as their principal residence for the purpose of the Nova Scotia election. You can then vote on election day, at the advance polls, at any Returning Office, or by mail as described above.

How do I register to vote?

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During an election, you can contact your your local Returning Officer to see if you are currently on the Nova Scotia Election Voters List. You will be asked to provide personal information, such as your date of birth, in order to determine whether you are the elector wishing to check their information. If you are not already in the Register, you can easily download an application or one can be sent to you via mail.  

You can also register when you go to vote. While you don't need ID to vote, you will be asked for identification with your name and civic address when you register. If you don't have identification, you may swear an oath and declare your name and address.See the “What ID do I need to vote?” section for more information.

Where do I vote?

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Most people vote in the electoral district where they live. Students who live away from home while at university or college, may vote in either the electoral district where they usually live when not at school or the district where they live while at school, whichever one they declare to be their residence in Nova Scotia.

Find polling locations at https://enstools.gov.ns.ca/edinfo2012/Location.aspx 

If you cannot travel to your polling station or a returning office or are temporarily living outside of Nova Scotia, you may vote through a write-in ballot by completing an application. Once your application is approved, you will be given a write-in ballot. The last day to apply for a write-in ballot by mail is May 20, 2017. In order to be counted, the completed ballot must be received at your local returning office by 8:00pm on May 30, 2017.

When do I vote?

Answer

Advance Polls:

  • Saturday May 20, 2017: 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Monday May 22, 2017: 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday May 23, 2017: 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday May 24, 2017: 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday May 25, 2017: 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday May 26, 2017: 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Saturday May 27, 2017: 9:00am-6:00pm

To find out where the advance poll is in your electoral district, check the Voter Information Card you receive in the mail, visit the Elections Nova Scotia website, or contact 1-800-565-1504.

Election Day:

Tuesday May 30, 2017: 8:00am-8:00pm

Find your local polling station here.

I’m an out of province student, can I vote?

Answer

As long as you are a Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older on May 30, 2017 and you have lived in Nova Scotia for a period of six months or longer prior to April 30, 2017 then you are eligible to vote in the upcoming provincial election.

I’m an international student, can I vote?

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Unfortunately, international students cannot vote.