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Voting Opportunities

Timeline for Voting Opportunities

Office of the Returning Officer

During an election period, eligible electors may cast their ballot in the Office of their Returning Officer.

Voting in the Office of the Returning Officer will take place during office hours between September 7 and September 28, 2019.

Returning Officer Contact Information

Absentee Ballot

If a registered elector is unable to attend any ordinary or advance polls, they can apply for an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot application period for the 2019 Territorial General Election begins on August 19 and closes at 2:00 PM on September 21.

You must apply for an absentee ballot using the Absentee Ballot Application on this website.

Once your application for an absentee ballot is complete, you will be struck from the List of Electors as having voted and will not be allowed to cast a ballot at another voting opportunity.

If you wish to cancel your ballot, you must apply to the Chief Electoral Officer in writing/email.

There are two options for absentee voting:

1. Cast your ballot by mail

You may request a paper ballot which will be mailed to you, and must be returned to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer by 8:00pm on October 1, 2019.

2. Cast your ballot online

You may request an online ballot. Once the nomination period closes, you will receive an email with a PIN and a link to the Elections NWT voting website, where you may complete and submit your ballot online. Online ballots must be completed before 8:00pm on October 1, 2019.

Absentee Ballot Process

Advance Polls

Advance poll dates, times and locations are determined by the Returning Officer and are only available in communities that do not have a resident Returning Officer.

Information on Advance Polls in each electoral district will be posted during the writ period.

Mobile Polls

Mobile polls are available to electors who may have difficulty attending a poll. An elector may request their ballot be brought to them by a Returning Officer. An application for a mobile poll may be made with the Returning Officer in your electoral district.

Mobile Polls are administered between September 24 and 27, 2019.


Click for Returning Officer Contact Information


Ordinary Polling Day

By law, ordinary polling day in the NWT is the first Tuesday in October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last General Election.

The next Territorial General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Click here to find out where you can go to vote.


Before you arrive at the poll, make sure you have sufficient proof of identity and residency.

Click HERE for more information about acceptable identification.

The Polling Process