Elections Nova Scotia

Tips for a first-time voter

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Tips for a first-time voter

Voting during an election is by secret ballot. Voting can seem overwhelming but the steps are quite simple. First, if you have moved recently and you are registered to vote, you may update your civic address when you go to vote. If you are not registered yet, you can do so when you go to vote.

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Bluenose Marathon Notice

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Bluenose Marathon Notice

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What is a VIC?

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What is a VIC?

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Should you take your child to vote?

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Should you take your child to vote?

Engaged citizens tend to be happier and healthier members of their communities. That is not to say voting makes citizens happy or healthier but rather, voting is an indicator of citizen engagement, and it is a characteristic of an engaged citizen. Children who get involved in the community and are exposed to the democratic process at a young age, come to understand the world around them and become connected. Growing into citizens who want to make positive changes in the world.

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Dartmouth East - Clarification

Dartmouth East - Clarification

May 16, 2017

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May 16, 2017
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Who is permitted in a polling station during an election?

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Who is permitted in a polling station during an election?

Besides those present to vote and appointed or authorized officials, only select individuals are allowed to be in a polling station during an election. Voters may be accompanied by a friend or relative to help cast their ballot. In addition, candidates, up to two scrutineers, or up to two electors representing each candidate, are also permitted. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their children to experience the process.

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How is the List of Electors maintained?

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How is the List of Electors maintained?

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Early Voting Locations

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Today is the last advance poll day.


Saturday May 27th: 9am to 6pm.

Eligible voters may vote at any early voting location in the province.

On election day, Tuesday May 30th you must vote at your designated poll in your electoral district. Polls on election day are 8am to 8pm.

For a PDF list of early voting locations in Nova Scotia, click here EARLY VOTING (PDF).

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How does an election work?

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How does an election work?

The basic principle of an election is that on election day, you go to the polling station in your polling location and cast your vote for the candidate of your choice running in your electoral district. Every eligible elector has the opportunity to vote for the registered party or person they want to represent them in the House of Assembly.

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Third party advertising? Know the rules!

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Advertising for or against political parties or candidates during this election?
Know the rules!

Registered political parties and candidates should already be quite familiar with the rules around election advertising, and we will review some of that here. But, other individuals, groups, or organizations paying for election advertising must register with Elections Nova Scotia as a ‘Third Party’ within seven days of incurring election advertising expenses of $500 or more.

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