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

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Act current to 2019-04-25 and last amended on 2019-04-01. Previous Versions

PART 11Special Voting Rules (continued)

DIVISION 6Counting of Votes at the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (continued)

Marginal note:Duties of special ballot officers

 Each pair of special ballot officers shall count the votes for only one electoral district or part of an electoral district at a time.

Marginal note:Rejection of ballots

  •  (1) Each pair of special ballot officers shall, on examining a special ballot, reject it if

    • (a) it has not been supplied by the Chief Electoral Officer;

    • (b) it is not marked;

    • (c) it is marked with a name other than the name of a candidate;

    • (d) it is marked with the names of more than one candidate; or

    • (e) there is any writing or mark on it by which the elector could be identified.

  • Marginal note:Elector’s intent

    (2) No special ballot shall be rejected for the sole reason that the elector has incorrectly written the name of a candidate, if the ballot clearly indicates the elector’s intent.

  • Marginal note:Disputed ballots

    (3) If a dispute arises as to the validity of a special ballot, it shall be referred to the special voting rules administrator, whose decision is final.

  • Marginal note:Note of dispute

    (4) The number of disputed special ballots and the name of the electoral district in which they were cast are to be noted by the special ballot officers.

Marginal note:Statements of the vote

  •  (1) Each pair of special ballot officers shall prepare a statement of the vote in the prescribed form and deliver it to the special voting rules administrator.

  • Marginal note:Safekeeping

    (2) The special voting rules administrator shall keep the statements of the vote in safe custody until the day after the communication of the results under section 280.

  • Marginal note:Copy to special ballot officer

    (3) On request, after the day that the results are communicated, a special ballot officer may be given a copy of the statement of the vote that he or she prepared.

Marginal note:Chief Electoral Officer to be informed of results of vote

 Without delay after the counting of the votes for every electoral district has been completed, the special voting rules administrator shall inform the Chief Electoral Officer of

  • (a) the number of votes counted for each candidate for every electoral district;

  • (b) the total number of votes counted for each electoral district; and

  • (c) the number of rejected ballots for each electoral district.

Marginal note:Sending of material to Chief Electoral Officer

 As soon as practicable after the counting of the votes for every electoral district has been completed, the special voting rules administrator shall send to the Chief Electoral Officer, in separate envelopes,

  • (a) the lists of electors;

  • (b) all other documents and election materials received from commanding officers, deputy returning officers and special ballot officers;

  • (c) the oaths of office; and

  • (d) the complete files of correspondence, reports and records in his or her possession.

DIVISION 7Counting of Votes in the Office of the Returning Officer

Marginal note:Appointment of deputy returning officer and poll clerk

  •  (1) The returning officer shall appoint a deputy returning officer and poll clerk to verify the outer envelopes and to count the special ballots issued to electors in his or her electoral district and received in his or her office. More than one deputy returning officer and poll clerk may be appointed if the number of votes warrants it.

  • Marginal note:Assignment of duties

    (2) The returning officer shall assign duties so that a deputy returning officer chosen from among the persons recommended by the registered party whose candidate finished first in the last election in the electoral district works with a poll clerk chosen from among the persons recommended by the registered party whose candidate finished second in that election in that electoral district.

  • Marginal note:Merger of parties

    (3) For the purpose of subsection (2), in determining whether the candidate of a registered party finished first or second in the last election in a case where the registered party is the result of a merger with one or more parties that were registered parties at the last election, there shall be attributed to the candidate of the merged party, the number of votes of the candidate of the merging party with the largest number of votes at that last election.

  • Marginal note:Notification to candidates

    (4) The returning officer shall, as soon as possible, notify the candidates of the name and address of the persons appointed as the deputy returning officer and the poll clerk.

Marginal note:Candidate present at counting

 A candidate or his or her representative may be present for the verification of the outer envelopes and the counting of ballots received at the office of the returning officer.

Marginal note:Ballots to be kept sealed

  •  (1) The returning officer shall ensure that the ballots received at his or her office are kept sealed until they are given to the deputy returning officer.

  • Marginal note:Return outer envelopes

    (2) All outer envelopes received after the prescribed deadline shall be kept separate and sealed and shall be initialled by the returning officer and marked with the date and time of their receipt.

Marginal note:Verification of envelopes

  •  (1) A deputy returning officer and a poll clerk shall verify the outer envelopes, at the time fixed by the Chief Electoral Officer and in accordance with his or her instructions, by determining from the information on the outer envelope whether the elector is entitled to vote in the electoral district.

  • Marginal note:Notice

    (2) The returning officer shall notify the candidates of the time and place of the verification.

  • Marginal note:Provision of materials to deputy returning officer

    (3) The deputy returning officer shall be provided with the applications for registration and special ballot received before the deadline, along with any other materials that may be required.

Marginal note:Setting aside of outer envelope

  •  (1) The deputy returning officer shall set aside an outer envelope unopened when he or she ascertains on its examination that

    • (a) the information concerning the elector, as described on the outer envelope, does not correspond with the information on the application for registration and special ballot;

    • (b) the outer envelope, other than an outer envelope in respect of an elector who has taken a vote under section 243 or 243.1, does not bear the signature of an elector;

    • (c) more than one ballot has been issued to an elector; or

    • (d) the outer envelope was received after the prescribed deadline.

  • Marginal note:Registering objections

    (2) When the outer envelopes are verified, the poll clerk shall register any objection to an elector’s right to vote in the electoral district in the prescribed form.

  • Marginal note:Noting of reasons for setting aside

    (3) When an outer envelope is set aside unopened as described in subsection (1), the deputy returning officer shall note on it the reasons for the rejection. The deputy returning officer and the poll clerk shall initial the envelope.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 277
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 187(F)

Marginal note:Counting of outer envelopes

  •  (1) The deputy returning officer and the poll clerk shall count all valid outer envelopes.

  • Marginal note:Inner envelopes

    (2) The deputy returning officer and the poll clerk shall open the outer envelopes and put all the inner envelopes in a ballot box provided by the returning officer.

  • Marginal note:Counting the votes

    (3) After the close of the polling stations, the deputy returning officer shall open the ballot box and he or she together with the poll clerk shall open the inner envelopes and count the votes.

Marginal note:Rejection of ballots

  •  (1) The deputy returning officer shall, in counting the ballots, reject a ballot if

    • (a) it has not been supplied for the election;

    • (b) it is not marked;

    • (c) it is marked with a name other than the name of a candidate;

    • (d) it is marked for more than one candidate; or

    • (e) there is any writing or mark on it by which the elector could be identified.

  • Marginal note:Elector’s intent

    (2) The deputy returning officer shall not reject a special ballot for the sole reason that the elector has incorrectly written the name of a candidate, if the ballot clearly indicates the elector’s intent.

  • Marginal note:Political affiliation

    (3) The deputy returning officer shall not reject a special ballot for the sole reason that the elector has written, in addition to the name of a candidate, the candidate’s political affiliation, if the ballot clearly indicates the elector’s intent.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 279
  • 2001, c. 21, s. 15
 
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