Elections Nova Scotia

Preparing for the Preston By-election

Release date: 
May 1, 2023

Preparing for the Preston By-election

Media Release: Monday, May 1, 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.

During the Preston by-election, voters casting their ballot before election day will use Elections Nova Scotia’s e-balloting system. E-balloting is safe and secure, allowing voters to select the candidate of their choice on a tablet. E-balloting will only be offered during early voting prior to election day in the Preston by-election. Traditional paper ballots will be used for voting on election day.

First time voters in Preston are encouraged 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. 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 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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