Elections Nova Scotia

Preparing for the Preston By-election - First Time Voters Encouraged to Register Early

Release date: 
April 27, 2023

Preparing for the Preston By-election - First Time Voters Encouraged to Register Early

Media Release: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Elections Nova Scotia – Elections Nova Scotia is preparing to deliver a by-election in the electoral district of Preston. The previous Member of the House of Assembly for Preston resigned effective April 1, 2023. According to the House of Assembly Act, a writ must be issued for a by-election six months from the date the vacancy occurred.

To prepare for the by-election, Elections Nova Scotia encourages first time voters in the electoral district of Preston to register early. Even though a by-election has not yet been called, voters can register any time on-line to ensure they are on the Nova Scotia Registry of Electors.

New voters include young adults 18 years of age or older, new Canadian citizens, or voters who have moved to Nova Scotia and have not yet voted in a provincial election.

Elections Nova Scotia maintains a Register of Electors of anyone eligible to vote in a Nova Scotia provincial general election or by-election. The Register is updated regularly and there are several ways to be added to the list. Though being registered before arriving at a voting location is not required, those who are registered will be sent a personalized Voter Information Card (VIC) when the by-election is called with information on where and when to vote.

To be eligible to vote in the up-coming Preston by-election, you must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years or over on election day, reside in the electoral district of Preston, and have lived in Nova Scotia at least six months by the date the by-election is called.

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 Twitter @electionsns.

Media Contact:

Naomi Shelton
Director, Policy and Communications
Elections Nova Scotia

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