Nova Scotia

Canada election 2015: When and where you can vote in Nova Scotia

As the federal election campaign rolls into week six, Nova Scotians who want to vote have a growing number of options to register and cast a ballot.

You can cast your ballot today, or wait until election day

Nova Scotians must bring government-issued ID to vote in the federal election. (Don Campbell/Associated Press)

As the federal election campaign rolls into week six, Nova Scotians who want to vote have a growing number of options to register and cast a ballot.

To register, people can use the Online Voter Registration Service or can contact their local Elections Canada office.

Any eligible voter can vote on any day until Oct. 13 by going in person to the Elections Canada office. To find your local office, go to this Elections Canada page and click on your riding. 

The Halifax returning office is at the Blessed Mother Teresa church at 6032 Normandy Dr., and the phone number is 1-866-204-8447. 

In Dartmouth, it's at 205 Pleasant St. and the number is 1-866-204-8445.

The hours of all of the returning offices are: 

  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In the rest of mainland Nova Scotia the offices are:

  • 193 Westville Rd., New Glasgow
  • 90 Lovett Lake Ct., Suite 401, Halifax
  • 495 Main St., Kentville
  • 128 Esplanade St., Suite 16, Truro 
  • 11 Glendale Ave., Suite 9 Lower Sackville
  • ​821 King St., Suite 2, Bridgewater
  • 8261 Highway 1, Meteghan

In Cape Breton, the returning offices are:

  • 42 Mckeen St., Glace Bay
  • ​305 Granville St., Port Hawkesbury
  • ​51 West St., Sydney
  • ​37 Ross St., Baddeck

In order to vote, you must present a government-issued photo ID with an address. 

For most voters, a drivers licence or a provincial ID card will satisfy the requirement. If you do not have a driver's licence, Elections Canada will accept two other pieces of ID from this list.

As part of a pilot project this year, Elections Canada is opening additional polling stations in the Halifax area between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 to 8 at: 

  • Saint Mary's University's Patrick Power Library, Room LI135, 923 Robie St.
  • Dalhousie University's LeMarchant Place Atrium, 1246 LeMarchant St.

There will be a polling station located at Dalhousie University's Student Union Building at 6136 University Ave. between Sept. 27 and Oct. 10.

The polling stations in universities will be open to all voters, not just students. 

Between Oct. 9 and 12, advance polling stations will be set up between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. at various locations. Those locations will be available on the Elections Canada website closer to the day. 

Oct. 19 is Canada's general election day. Polling locations and accessibility will be available online.

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