Elections Nova Scotia updates the voters’ list using many different methods. On an ongoing basis, Elections Nova Scotia selectively receives data from several sources including the Registry of Motor Vehicles, Vital Statistics, the Nova Scotia Civic Address File, Elections Canada, municipal elections and field work done by Returning Officers and Elections Nova Scotia staff.
Please note: The format of the information provided to Elections Nova Scotia from other organizations is not always compatible with the internal system. It is often best for electors with changes in their information to update directly with Elections Nova Scotia, rather than through a third party or other governmental organization.
Of note, to be on the Nova Scotia voters’ list and vote in a provincial election, you must be:
You can choose to register by mail or e-mail by downloading the application form from our website and follow the instructions. Send the form and a copy of your ID to Elections Nova Scotia by email email@example.com or by mail to:
Electoral Information Manager
PO Box 2246
Halifax, NS B3J 3C8
You can also register on-line to vote or update your address on the voters’ list using the service found at the link below. It will take you to the Elections Canada Online Voter Registration Service where information you provide may be used to register you with both Elections Canada and Elections Nova Scotia. Elections Nova Scotia selectively receives data from sources including Elections Canada for the purpose of updating the voters’ list.
Note: when registering via a third party, it is recommended that you follow up with Elections Nova Scotia directly to verify that your information is correct and up to date.
To register online through this service, you must provide a valid civic address in Nova Scotia. If you are registering for the first time, this service will ask you to provide your Nova Scotia driver's license number.
The following links will take you to Elections Canada’s Online Voter Registration Service:
Online Voter Registration Service (in English)
Service d’inscription en ligne de l'électeur (en Français)
You can check to see if you are on the List and whether your information is accurate by contacting Elections Nova Scotia at 1-800-565-1504 or TTY 1-866-774-7074. You will be asked to provide personal information, such as your date of birth, for us to determine whether you are indeed the elector wishing to check his/her information.
Please note the Register may take up to a few weeks before updates are processed.
You will be asked to show ID to have your name on the list of electors (if you aren't already on it). Even if you have your Voter Information Card in hand, it's always a good idea to bring your proper and current ID to the polling station so there won't be any confusion or delay.