Elections Nova Scotia

Voting Options for the Pictou West By-election

Release date: 
May 3, 2024

Voting Options for the Pictou West By-election

Media Release: May 3, 2024

Elections Nova Scotia – There are a variety of voting options available in the Pictou West by-election. Election day is Tuesday, May 21, 2024 but voters in Pictou West can vote early at either the returning office or advance poll. Eligible voters in Pictou West, can also apply on-line to vote by mail or have a write-in ballot team visit them in their home.

All registered voters in Pictou West will receive a personal Voter Information Card (VIC) in the mail outlining where and when they can vote. Eligible voters do not need a VIC to vote.

Eligible voters can be added to the voters list during the by-election when they go to vote. Voters in Pictou West can also use the ‘Where do I Vote?” tool on the Elections Nova Scotia website (electionsnovascotia.ca) to find a voting location near them.

Early voting is available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, at the Pictou West returning office at 49 Pine Tree Road. Early voting is also available from Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, May 18at the advance poll at the Union Centre Community Hall, 1 Salter Road, Union Centre. There is no voting on Sundays. On Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 there will be extended hours at early voting locations until 8 pm.

If voters in Pictou West wish to vote by mail, they can apply on-line at electionsnovascotia.ca for a write-in ballot. A write-in ballot is the remote voting option available to eligible voters in the Pictou West by-election. To vote by write-in ballot, a voter must first apply, then receive, complete, and return their write-in ballot kit. When a voter applies to vote by write-in ballot, that is the form of voting they must use. Voters who need assistance can ask someone they trust who is at least 18 years old to act as their agent to help them apply for and return their write-in ballot. Voters in Pictou West can contact the returning office at 1-888-575-8901 for information on how to apply for a write-in ballot or to arrange for a write-in ballot team to visit a voter in their home if necessary. The deadline to apply for a write-in ballot on-line is Saturday, May 11 by 6pm. The deadline to apply for a write-in ballot in person and by agent is Tuesday, May 21 at 3 pm. All completed write-in ballot kits must be returned before the close of voting on election day to be counted, that is, 8 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

On election day, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, voting will be open from 8 am to 8 pm. On election day, voters in Pictou West may vote at their assigned voting location or the returning office.

Eligible voters in the Pictou West by-election must be 18 years of age or older on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, a Canadian citizen, reside in the electoral district of Pictou West, and have lived in Nova Scotia since October 21, 2023 (six months before the writ of election was issued).

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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