Nova Scotia

7 things you need to know about voting in the election

Nova Scotia is using continuous polling this year. It's the first time the system is being used in a provincial election in Canada.

Nova Scotia is using continuous polling, a first for a provincial election in Canada

Nova Scotia is trying a new voting system this year. David Thurton explains how it works. 1:45

1. Where do I vote?

You can vote at any returning office in the province. Each electoral district has a returning office. 

2. Do I need ID?

You don't need identification if you are on the voter list. Walking with your voter information card or ID is a good idea. If your name is not on the voter list, you should bring identification that has your address on it. If you don't have ID and your name is not on the voter list, there will still be an opportunity to vote.

3. What’s different about voting during continuous polling?

You use a write-in ballot that requires you to write-in the party or candidate's name on it. Once you cast your ballot, you place it in an envelope. Then, you put that envelope in a second one that has your electoral district on it. That envelope will then be delivered to the appropriate electoral district in time to be counted on election night with all the others.

4. When will the returning offices be up and running?

As of Tuesday, all offices should be open.

5. How is continuous voting different from advanced polls?

Continuous voting happens every day except Sundays up until Oct. 3. Voters use a write-in ballot and can vote in any electoral district. Advanced polls occur only on the Friday and Saturday before the election. Those ballots include party and candidate names. Also, voters can only vote in their electoral districts.

6. Has continuous voting ever been tried before?

Continuous polling has been used at the federal level. However, Nova Scotia is the first province to use it for a provincial-wide election. 

7. Can you change your ballot, if you change your mind after participating in continuous polls?

No. Like a traditional ballot, you can only vote once.