Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Act current to 2014-12-15 and last amended on 2014-10-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Spoiled ballot
  •  (1) If an elector has inadvertently handled a ballot in such a manner that it cannot be used, the elector shall return it to the deputy returning officer who shall mark it as a spoiled ballot, place it in the envelope supplied for the purpose and give the elector another ballot.

  • Marginal note:Limit

    (2) An elector shall not be given more than one ballot under subsection (1).

Marginal note:No delay in voting
  •  (1) Every elector shall vote without delay and leave the polling station as soon as his or her ballot has been put into the ballot box.

  • Marginal note:Electors present at close of voting hours allowed to vote

    (2) An elector who is entitled to vote at a polling station and who is in the polling station or in line at the door at the close of voting hours shall be allowed to vote.

Special Voting Procedures

Marginal note:Assistance by deputy returning officer
  •  (1) The deputy returning officer, on request by an elector who is unable to vote in the manner prescribed by this Act because he or she cannot read or has a physical disability, shall assist the elector in the presence of the poll clerk.

  • Marginal note:Template

    (2) The deputy returning officer shall, on request, provide a template to an elector who has a visual impairment to assist him or her in marking his or her ballot.

Marginal note:Assistance by friend or related person
  •  (1) If an elector requires assistance to vote, a friend, the spouse, the common-law partner or a relative of the elector or a relative of the elector’s spouse or common-law partner may accompany the elector into the voting compartment and assist the elector to mark his or her ballot.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) No person shall as a friend assist more than one elector for the purpose of marking a ballot.

  • Marginal note:Oath

    (3) A person described in subsection (1) who wishes to assist an elector in marking a ballot shall first take an oath, in the prescribed form, that he or she

    • (a) will mark the ballot paper in the manner directed by the elector;

    • (b) will not disclose the name of the candidate for whom the elector voted;

    • (c) will not try to influence the elector in choosing a candidate; and

    • (d) has not, during the current election, assisted another person, as a friend, to mark a ballot.

  • Marginal note:Prohibition — failure to maintain secrecy

    (4) No person who assists an elector under this section shall, directly or indirectly, disclose the candidate for whom the elector voted.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 155, c. 12, s. 40.