Vote by mail in October 14 federal election in Canada

Voting for Canadian Citizens Outside Canada

Outside Canada? You can vote by mail!

The Canadian High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados wishes to inform you that a general election has been called. Election Day will be on Tuesday, October 14, 2008.

You are eligible to vote if:

? you are a Canadian citizen and will be 18 or older on election day

? you are a Canadian resident inside or outside Canada (snowbird, student, etc.),


? you have been living outside Canada for less than five consecutive years and you intend to resume residence in Canada. You are exempt from the five-year limit if you are posted outside Canada as:

a) an employee of a federal or provincial public administration

b) an employee of an international organization of which Canada is a member and to which Canada contributes, or

c) a person who lives with an elector described in a) or b) above, with a member of the Canadian Forces, or with a civilian employed as a teacher or as administrative support staff in a Canadian Forces school

To Register

If you are eligible and wish to vote, you must register to receive a special ballot voting kit. You can obtain an Application for Registration and Special Ballot on Elections Canada Web site (go to and click the iconI?m Mailing Mailing My Vote!“). You can also obtain the application, as part of the ?Voting by Canadians Away from Their Electoral Districts? guide from the Canadian High Commission.

Register early! Complete the application and send it to Elections Canada along with the appropriate supporting documentation, as described in the accompanying instructions. Your completed application and supporting documentation must be received at Elections Canada in Ottawa no later than 6:00 p.m., Ottawa time, on Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

You are responsible for allowing enough time for Elections Canada to send you a special ballot voting kit and for you to return it to Ottawa before the deadline of 6:00 p.m., Ottawa time, on election day, on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. According to the Canada Elections Act, your vote cannot be counted if it is received late.

Send your application:

by fax


1-800-363-4796; toll-free in the United States

by mail

Elections Canada, 440 Coventry Road

PO Box 9830, Stn T

Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5W7


You can request that the special ballot voting kit be sent to you c/o the Canadian High Commission, Bishop’s Court Hill, St Michael, Barbados, provided you make prior arrangements. Kindly call 246-429-3550 ext 3330. You are responsible for providing your contact information to allow the office to reach you once your special ballot voting kit is available for you to pick up.

For more information, contact Elections Canada:

Telephone 1-800-463-6868

toll-free in Canada and the United States


from anywhere in the world (collect calls accepted)

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing:

TTY 1-800-361-8935

toll-free in Canada and the United States

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