Information for Voters
Like most Nova Scotia municipalities, due to COVID -19 safety precautions, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne is holding this year’s election by telephone and electronic internet voting only for both the Advance Poll and on Election Day in the 2020 Municipal and the CSAP elections to be held in October. Here is what that means for you.
When can I vote?
Voting will be open from 8:00 am Monday, October 5, ending at 7:00 pm Saturday, October 17.
How can I vote?
All qualified electors who are on the List of Electors with a correct mailing address will receive a Voter Information Letter in late September. This letter will contain a unique PIN identifier which will be required to vote either by telephone or by internet.
How do I know if I am on the list?
Please keep an eye out for your voter information in the mail in late September, it will say “Important Voting Information Enclosed” on the envelop. This is not junk mail, don’t throw it away.
Please note: You will be asked to confirm your name, civic address, mailing address, and date of birth.
All eligible voters are encouraged to verify their personal information on the list of electors. This is important for those who plan to vote online or by phone.
Revisions to the List of Electors can be made by contacting the voter helpline at 902-874-0788) or Anita at 902-875-3544 ext 221. Revisions to the list can also be made in person during regular business hours, and on Election Day, at the Municipal Building, 136 Hammond Street, 8am to Poll Closing(7pm).
Does this mean there are no polling stations?
Yes. We will have one voting kiosk consisting of a telephone and computer set up at the Municipal office for those electors who do not feel comfortable voting at home or would like to cast a ballot. An election staff member will be available to assist if required. The kiosk will be set up during regular business hours of the voting period, as well as from 8:00am to 7:00pm on October 17 and will follow all Public Health protocols.
Please bring a photo I.D. and your Voter Information Letter with you to the polling Kiosk. If you need to register or have any changes done, you will need these for identification.
What if I am not comfortable voting online?
If you are not comfortable voting electronically, a helpline is available every day during regular office hours to answer any questions you may have and to assist you during the voting process. More details will be available at municipalityofshelburne.ca/Election in the coming weeks.
Here is an automated demonstration of Intelivote that provides an example of an online eVoting session: https://youtu.be/fy_KpspwqMs
For more information for voters about Canadian Democracy: https://www.springtide.ngo/video/series/three-minute-citizen/
Due to COVID-19, election staff are serving the public remotely as much as possible. When necessary, the Returning Officer will schedule appointments for in person meetings. All other election related inquiries will be done via email or phone. Emails and phone calls will be responded to as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience.
Who can vote in Municipal Elections?
You qualify to vote if you meet all of the following conditions:
- You are 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen on the first advance polling day;
- You have been ordinarily resident in Nova Scotia for 6 months immediately before the first advance polling day;
- You are ordinarily resident in the Municipality of Shelburne and have been so since immediately before the first advance polling day; and
- You are not otherwise disqualified to vote in the Municipal election.