Elections Nova Scotia

E-Balloting will Begin Tomorrow in the Pictou West By-election

Release date: 
May 1, 2024

E-Balloting will Begin Tomorrow in the Pictou West By-election

Media Release: May 1, 2024

Elections Nova Scotia – Nominations for the Pictou West by-election close today, May 1 at 2 pm. Early voting before the close of nominations is done using the write-in ballot format. When nominations are closed, early voting will switch to Elections Nova Scotia’s secure e-Ballot system.

E-Balloting is in-person digital voting at a voting location using a secure tablet. The e-Balloting system is safe and allows voters to select the candidate of their choice on a secure tablet behind the voting screen. Once a vote is cast, the e-Ballot system produces a paper voting receipt for the voter to place in the ballot box.

E-Balloting allows fast and secure counting of early votes when the polls close on election night. This means the results of the Pictou West by-election will be returned quickly and efficiently.

E-Balloting will only be used after the close of nominations for early voting prior to election day. Traditional paper ballots will be used for voting on election day in Pictou West, Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

The Government of Nova Scotia made amendments to the Elections Act in 2021 to provide authority for e-Balloting. Elections Nova Scotia has developed the secure e-Balloting system and is confident in the integrity of this innovative voting method.

E-Balloting is not internet voting. E-Balloting takes place in-person at a voting location on a secure tablet while internet voting is remote voting. Internet voting will not be used in the Pictou West by-election.

Voters in Pictou West that have questions about the by-election can call the returning office at 1-888-575-8901.

Elections Nova Scotia is a non-partisan and independent agency responsible for conducting provincial elections. For more information, please visit electionsnovascotia.ca or follow us on Facebook and X (Twitter) @electionsns.

Media Contact:

Naomi Shelton
Director, Policy and Communications
Elections Nova Scotia

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