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How to Vote

Polling Day

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

Bill 34 - 2015 Polling Day Act received assent on November 6, 2014 and deferred the date of the 2015 Territorial General Election to November 23, 2015 in order to avoid overlap with the federal election period. 

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

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The Polling Process

Office of the Returning Officer

During an election period, eligible electors may cast their ballot in the Office of their Returning Officer starting on the 12th day before polling day and ending on the 2nd day before polling day. 

Advance Polls

Advance polls locations are determined by the Chief Electoral Officer and are available in communities that do not have an Office of the Returning Officer.

Absentee Ballot

If a registered elector is unable to attend any advance or regular polls, they can apply for an absentee ballot starting 14 days before the issuance of the Writ of Election. The application period closes on the 10th day before polling day.

Ballots are then mailed to successful applicants who must fill them out and return them to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer by 8:00pm on polling day.

Mobile Polls

A Mobile Poll may be available to those unable to access a polling station by reason of physical disability.

Eligible electors in a hospital, long-term care facility, or those with mobility issues may wish to vote by Mobile Poll.

Mobile Polls are administered during the week prior to polling day.

Multi-District Polls

Multi-District Polls are held in locations where NWT residents from multiple electoral districts temporarily reside, such as correctional facilities, mine sites, and college campuses.

These Polls enable electors in these locations to vote for a candidate running in their home district.