FAQs

FAQs

Who is eligible to vote?
What do you mean by “ordinarily resident”?
How do I know if I live in Ward 2?
How does the vote by mail procedure work?
Will my ballot remain secret?
Will the ballots be counted as they are received?
What arrangements have been made to accommodate persons with disabilities?
Can I still vote on election day at a polling station?
What if I don't have any identification but want to vote?
When is the last day to mail my vote by mail kit back to City Hall?
What if I miss the deadline to send my vote by mail kit via Canada Post?

Who is eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • 18 years of age or older; and
  • ordinarily resident in the City of St. John’s for 30 days preceding election day.

What do you mean by “ordinarily resident”?

Section 24 of The Municipal Elections Act defines your ordinary place of residence as follows:
(a) a person shall be a resident of the place where he or she lives and sleeps and to which, when absent, he or she intends to return; 
(b) residency is not lost by a person who leaves that residence for temporary purposes only; and
(c) the place where a person's family resides shall be his or her residence unless that person commences and continues to live at some other place with the intention of remaining there, in which case, the person shall be considered to be resident in the place in which he or she intends to reside.
A person shall, for the purpose of this Act, have only one place of residency.

How do I know if I live in Ward 2?

Check Ward Look Up and type in your civic address to determine whether or not you live in Ward 2.

How does the vote by mail procedure work?

Prior to election day, each voter on the voters list receives a Vote By Mail Kit. Simply follow the voting instructions in the kit and complete the enclosed voter declaration form and ballot and return both in the postage paid envelope provided.  The deadline for posting ballots in the mail is Thursday, October 15.  If that deadline is missed, you can deposit returns in the drop box situated in front of City Hall 24/7 up until 8:00 pm on October 20, 2020..

 Will my ballot remain secret?

Yes. The process for sorting and storing the Vote By Mail Return Envelopes has security features that will protect the secrecy of your vote.  As vote by mail returns are received by the City, elections staff immediately separate the voter declaration form (VDF) from the sealed secrecy ballot.  The secrecy ballots remain sealed until election day and are stored separately and safely under lock and key with restricted access.  The Election Coordinator holds the only key to the storage area.  The VDF forms once scanned, register the elector as having voted.  

Will the Ballots be counted as they are received?

No. All returned Secrecy Envelopes containing the ballots will be stored in a secured area until election day. 

What arrangements have been made to accommodate persons with disabilities?

The Elections Coordinator is working with the lead staff of the Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusion to ensure accessibility.   See the steps taken below:

  • The vote by mail method used by the City is inherently accessible in that vote by mail kits are delivered via Canada Post to each individual on the voters list.  Voters will have approximately two weeks to cast their ballot. If you require assistance, a family member and/or trusted friend can easily assist you in completing your ballot.  If such a person is not available to you, you may contact the Elections Office who will gladly assist. 
  • All of our Satellite Drop-off Centers are wheelchair accessible and will have staff available to provide assistance.
  • If you need sign language interpretation on election day, we need to know ahead of time so we can make the necessary arrangements.
  • For those with visual impairment or who are blind, we have improved the design of our ballot with candidates' names in larger font size. 
  • Each satellite drop off center will have the following:
    • Large print lists of candidates for reference when marking your ballot;
    • A braille list of candidates; 
    • A tactile and braille voting template to enable the private casting of your vote;
    • Magnifying glass and lighting. 

Can I still vote on election day at a polling station? 

Yes.  You can cast your vote at one of the two satellite drop off centers listed below on October 20th from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.   Please have the necessary identification available. 

  • Knights of Columbus - 49 St. Clare Avenue
  • Royal Canadian Legion - Building 930, The Boulevard

What if I don't have any identification but want to vote?

Advise the election worker who will get you to complete an affidavit swearing or affirming your identity and place of residence.  Once the form is signed and witnessed by an election worker, you will receive a vote by mail kit to cast your vote on site.  

When is the last day to mail my vote by mail kit back to City Hall?

Your vote by mail kit must be mailed via Canada Post by Thursday, October 15, 2020.

What if I miss the deadline to send my vote by mail kit via Canada Post?

You may drop off your completed ballot at the drop box in front of City Hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week up to October 20th at 8:00 pm.