Nova Scotia

Polls open in Nova Scotia: What you need to know to vote

Here is how to cast your ballot wherever you are in the province.

Elections Nova Scotia has set up selfie stations outside of each polling location

Elections Nova Scotia's website offers full details on how to vote. (Getty Images)

If you haven't already voted in an advance poll, today is the day to make your voice heard. Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot on election day. 

When to vote?

Polling stations will be open across the province from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today (May 30). 

If there are people still waiting in line to vote at 8 p.m., the polls may stay open until these people have voted, says Elections Nova Scotia. Anyone arriving after 8 p.m. can't vote. 

Update, 10:50 a.m: Two polling stations will stay open past 8 p.m. tonight due to delayed openings

  • First United Church in Truro-Bible Hill open until 8:30 p.m. 
  • Ummah Mosque in Halifax Chebucto​ open until 8:15 p.m.

Where to vote?

If you're unsure of where you should cast your ballot, look up your address at the Elections Nova Scotia website to find your designated polling station. 

Update, 12:20 p.m: Elections Nova Scotia says it has resolved the issues causing their website's polling station search tool to perform poorly this morning.

There are other ways to find out where to vote:

  • Check your voter information card if you received one in the mail.
  • Call Elections Nova Scotia at 800-565-1504 to get help.
  • Call your local returning office to find out where to vote. 

Who can vote?

According to Elections Nova Scotia, if you are a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older, who has lived in Nova Scotia for six months before the day the election was called (April 30, 2017), then you can vote.

What do you need to bring?

Ideally, bring your voter information card and a piece of government-issued identification that has your name, photo and address, such as a driver's licence.

A driver's licence on its own will suffice, but it will just take a little longer to vote.

You could also bring two documents that show your name, including one that also has your address. Examples of acceptable documents are your voter information card, health card, a social insurance card or a telephone or power bill.

If you don't have the proper documentation, you can even take an oath to say who you are and where you live.

Can I take photos in the voting booth?

In short: No. 

Photography and the operation of an electronic device is not permitted within a polling location without the permission of the chief electoral officer, according to Elections Nova Scotia. 

But it has set up selfie stations outside of each polling location for those who are enthusiastic and want to share what democracy in action looks like.