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

Act current to 2016-06-21 and last amended on 2016-01-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Collecting the record of votes cast at an advance polling station
  •  (1) As soon as possible after the close of advance polling stations on Monday, the 7th day before polling day, the returning officer shall have the original copy of the record of votes cast collected from the advance polling stations.

  • Marginal note:Crossing off names of voters at advance polls from lists

    (2) Without delay after the returning officer collects the records of votes cast at advance polling stations, he or she shall cross off the lists of electors the names of all electors who voted at the advance polling stations.

  • Marginal note:When lists already distributed

    (3) If an official list of electors is sent to a polling station containing the names of electors that appear in the record of votes cast at an advance polling station as having already voted, the returning officer shall instruct the deputy returning officer to cross their names off the list, and the deputy returning officer shall do so without delay.

PART 11Special Voting Rules

Interpretation and Application

Marginal note:Definitions

 The definitions in this section apply in this Part.

administrative centre

centre administratif

administrative centre means an area established under section 180 for the distribution of materials and the provision of information. (centre administratif)

application for registration and special ballot

demande d’inscription et de bulletin de vote spécial

application for registration and special ballot means an application completed by an elector, other than a Canadian Forces elector, in order to vote under this Part. (demande d’inscription et de bulletin de vote spécial)

Canadian Forces elector

électeur des Forces canadiennes

Canadian Forces elector means an elector who is entitled to vote under Division 2. (électeur des Forces canadiennes)

commanding officer

commandant

commanding officer means the commanding officer of a unit. (commandant)

coordinating officer

agent coordonnateur

coordinating officer means the person so designated by the Minister of National Defence under subsection 199(1) or a person so designated by the minister responsible for corrections in a province under section 246. (agent coordonnateur)

deputy returning officer

scrutateur

deputy returning officer means an elector so designated in accordance with this Part by a commanding officer or returning officer. (scrutateur)

incarcerated elector

électeur incarcéré

incarcerated elector means an elector who is incarcerated in a correctional institution. (électeur incarcéré)

inner envelope

enveloppe intérieure

inner envelope means an envelope that is supplied by the Chief Electoral Officer in which a ballot is to be enclosed after it has been marked. (enveloppe intérieure)

liaison officer

agent de liaison

liaison officer means a Canadian Forces elector designated under section 201 or a person appointed under subsection 248(1). (agent de liaison)

outer envelope

enveloppe extérieure

outer envelope means an envelope that is supplied by the Chief Electoral Officer for the transmission of a ballot after it has been marked and enclosed in an inner envelope. (enveloppe extérieure)

special ballot

bulletin de vote spécial

special ballot means a ballot, other than a ballot referred to in section 241, that is supplied to an elector who is entitled to vote under this Part. (bulletin de vote spécial)

special ballot officer

agent des bulletins de vote spéciaux

special ballot officer means a person who is appointed by the Chief Electoral Officer under section 183 or 184. (agent des bulletins de vote spéciaux)

special voting rules administrator

administrateur des règles électorales spéciales

special voting rules administrator means a person who is appointed under section 181. (administrateur des règles électorales spéciales)

statement of ordinary residence

déclaration de résidence habituelle

statement of ordinary residence means a statement completed under section 194 or 195. (déclaration de résidence habituelle)

unit

unité

unit has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the National Defence Act and includes a base or other element. (unité)

voting territory

territoire de vote

voting territory means an area that is established by or under section 180. (territoire de vote)

Marginal note:Application
  •  (1) The voting procedures contained in this Part apply to general elections only.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) The Chief Electoral Officer may, by instructions, adapt this Part so that any or all of its provisions apply to a by-election.

Marginal note:Instructions

 For the purpose of applying this Part to, or adapting any provision of this Part in respect of, a particular circumstance, the Chief Electoral Officer may issue any instructions that he or she considers necessary in order to execute its intent.

DIVISION 1Administration and General Procedures

Marginal note:Establishment of voting territories

 For the purpose of this Part, a voting territory with headquarters in Ottawa is hereby established. The Chief Electoral Officer may establish any additional voting territories or administrative centres in or outside Canada that he or she considers appropriate.

Marginal note:Appointment of special voting rules administrator

 The Chief Electoral Officer shall appoint, in the prescribed form, a special voting rules administrator.

Marginal note:Duties of special voting rules administrator

 The special voting rules administrator shall

  • (a) secure suitable premises;

  • (b) retain the oath of office of each special ballot officer;

  • (c) obtain from the liaison officers the lists prepared under paragraph 204(1)(b);

  • (d) obtain from the liaison officers the lists of the names of deputy returning officers that the commanding officers are required to provide;

  • (e) distribute the election materials and the list of candidates;

  • (f) receive, validate, examine and sort the completed outer envelopes that contain special ballots marked by electors;

  • (g) proceed with the counting of the votes of electors; and

  • (h) communicate the results of the votes cast in accordance with this Part.

Marginal note:Special ballot officers
  •  (1) After the issue of the writs, the Chief Electoral Officer shall appoint a minimum of six special ballot officers as follows:

    • (a) three, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister or a person whom the Prime Minister designates in writing;

    • (b) two, on the recommendation of the Leader of the Opposition or a person whom that Leader designates in writing; and

    • (c) one, on the recommendation of the Leader of the registered party that has the third largest number of members in the House of Commons as of the last general election, or a person whom that Leader designates in writing.

  • Marginal note:Appointment of special ballot officers

    (2) A special ballot officer shall be appointed in the prescribed form.

 
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