Elections Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Voters With Special Needs


Need help to mark your ballot?

If you require assistance to mark your ballot, you may bring a friend to assist you. This person will be allowed to go behind the privacy screen with you to help you mark your ballot. Your friend can be your child, grandchild, brother, sister, parent, grandparent spouse or caregiver or, your friend can really be a friend. The only difference is that your family or caregiver can act as a friend for more than just you. Anyone else gets to do this once.

Either way, you and your friend will be asked to make a declaration before you cast your vote.

You can also ask the deputy returning officer to help you vote if you prefer. In this case, if there is an agent representing a candidate present, he or she is entitled to accompany the two of you to observe the assistance given.

What if your polling location is not accessible?

It is mandatory that all locations have level access. Should it Do you need help to mark your ballot? (PDF)ever happen that your polling location is not accessible to persons with physical disabilities, it will be noted on the Voter Information Card you will receive in the mail. In this case, contact your returning office and the returning officer will provide you with several options including having the ballot delivered to your home.

Are you visually impaired?

Ask the election officer for the special template that is available at all polling stations just for persons who are visually impaired. This will help you mark your own ballot.

Voting by the deaf and hard of hearing

You can bring a translator with you if you can communicate using sign language.

Women in shelters

If you are in the protection of a shelter at an undisclosed location, you may not want to go to your regular polling station on election day. We understand and respect your reasons and your privacy. We also still want you to be able to exercise your right to vote.

In these circumstances, we recommend you take advantage of the Advance Polls or the Write-in Ballot process available to you.

Voting when you are Homeless

You do not have to be a homeowner or renter to be able to vote in Nova Scotia. As long as you are a Canadian citizen who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, and you have lived in Nova Scotia for six months before the date the election is called, you have the right to vote. The polling station you vote at is determined by where you live.

If you are staying at a hostel or shelter, you can vote at a polling station in that polling division. You will need to be included on the list of electors for that area. Fill out the application form you are given or which you’ll find here and take it to your local returning office. There is a different form that you fill out at the poll to be added to the list. You will also need to provide documentation with your name and signature, such as your health insurance card or your social insurance card.

Forum 29
Almost 60 delegates participated in panel discussions and interactive sessions centred on the topic of how to inspire Nova Scotians living with disabilities to get involved with the political system and democracy.  Download Report

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