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Elector information

How do I register?

 

 

Elections Yukon has a permanent register of voters for territorial elections. You only need to register once to be on the voters list for future elections. 

To register, you will need:

  • Your civic address: registration is based on civic addresses, not mailing addresses. This helps identify electors and allows assignment to the correct electoral district and polling division. If the information you provide matches the register information, your registration will be confirmed. Mailing addresses are included in the register and used for sending out voter information cards.

If you cannot be located using your civic address, contact us.

If your registration cannot be found, you are not on the register. This may be due to address changes or unmatched information. Please select "Register" to be added to the voters list.

  • Your identification: this is required to register or change your registration information. If your proof of identity is a copy of your Yukon Driver's License or General Identification Card, only one piece of identification is required. Using other authorized proof of identification, two (2) pieces of identification are required. ​

 Authorized identification as allowed by the Elections Act is detailed in the link below:

List of authorized identification

The identification cards or documents you upload can be scanned, photographed or sent as files. Please ensure the information can be clearly read. 

Your registration will be confirmed once the information is verified. 

Identification to vote

 

You need an acceptable ID to vote and it must prove both your identity and your address. 

You have two options:

1.One piece of identification issued by the Government of Yukon, a Yukon First Nation, the Government of Canada or a municipality. The identification must show the elector's name and current residential or mailing address. 

OR

2. Two pieces of identification that are satisfactory to the Chief Electoral Officer. Both pieces must show the elector's name and one must show the elector's current residential or mailing address. 

See the full list of authorized identification here.

 

The Voting Options

There are a number of ways to vote in the territorial election. They are available during specific times over the election period.

Information will be available on the website and part of the media outreach during the election period. Elections Yukon will send out voter information cards to registered electors by the end of the second week of the election period.  It will include voting options, times, voting locations and contact information.  As well, information will be posted in each electoral district and at the returning offices.

The voting options:

  • By Special Ballot: you can vote by special ballot once the writ has been issued until the Friday before polling day. The writ is the order for an election; the issue of the writ begins the election.
  • During Advance Polls: there are two days of Advance Polls on the Sunday and Monday before polling day (Days 23 and 24 of the Writ period)
  • On Polling Day: this is the Monday (Day 31 of the writ period). If Monday is a holiday, polling day is Tuesday.

Note: Proxy Voting is no longer an option.

 

 

VOTING BY SPECIAL BALLOT

During the 2016 General Election 1,239 electors voted by Special Ballot (6.58 % of the number of electors who voted). An amendment to the Elections Act in 2019 opened this voting option to more electors as eligibility to vote by special ballot has been expanded to include convenience. Application periods have also been extended from previous timelines.    

To vote by special ballot you must first be registered. Application forms to register or vote by Special Ballot will be available on-line. During the election period applications can also be made at the office of the returning officer.    

Once the form is completed and supporting documentation provided, including acceptable identification, the application will be reviewed by Elections Yukon. Applications cannot be approved and special ballot kits will not be issued until after the Writ has been issued.

Note: Once you have been issued a special ballot you are considered to have voted and are not eligible to vote by any other method.

Special Ballot Processes

You can apply for a special ballot at any returning office even if you are not an elector in that district.

Statutory timelines are in place. To be issued a Special Ballot Voting kit, application forms must be properly completed with supporting documentation and submitted to the office of your local Returning Officer or received by Elections Yukon by Friday at 8:00 p.m. (on the Friday before Polling Day). Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure return timelines are met.

Special ballot issue during the election period follows two processes; it will be clearly indicated in the application kit where the ballot is to be returned.

  1. Special ballots issued by the office of the returning officer in the electoral district in which you are an elector: this is the most common process for special ballots. You can complete it in the office and place it in the ballot box. Or you can take the special ballot kit to complete and return it to the same returning office in your electoral district before the close of polls.      
  2. When your special ballot is issued by the office of a returning officer in an electoral district other than the one in which you are an elector or for special ballots issued from Elections Yukon Headquarters (online, email or mail application) the completed ballot must be received by Elections Yukon Headquarters by close of polls on polling day to be counted. It cannot be returned to a returning office.

Return of Special Ballots: By close of polls, all Special Ballots must be received by either your local Returning Officer or Elections Yukon Headquarters at the Legislative Building in Whitehorse. They will not be accepted at the polls. Any special ballots received after close of polls will not be counted.

Completed applications may be:

  • dropped off at any office of the Returning Officer (during the election period); 
  •  e-mailed, faxed or mailed to:

email:  info@electionsyukon.ca     
fax:     867 393-6977
mail:   Elections Yukon

          Box 2703 (A-9)

          Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Ballots: Before the close of nominations, and for those applying for special ballots outside of their electoral district, electors write in the name of the candidate of their choice or the name of the political party of their choice. Voting by special ballot at your local returning office after the Close of Nominations will be by use of the printed ballot with candidate's names once they are available.    

If before Nomination Day you vote by choice of candidate, please note that there is a possibility that the candidate you are voting for could withdraw their nomination before the close of Nomination Day in which case, if you had already voted for a candidate and that candidate withdrew their nomination, your returned ballot paper would be rejected.

 

 

VOTING AT ADVANCE POLLS

During the 2016 General Election, 5,282 electors voted at 19 Advance Polling Places in 14 communities (28.03 % of the number of electors who voted).

Advance polls take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Sunday and Monday one week before the Polling Day.

The locations are determined by the Returning Officer in advance of an election call and finalized at the call of the election.

 

 

 VOTING ON POLLING DAY

On Polling Day for the 2016 General Election, 11,957 electors voted at 71 polling stations at 30 polling places (63.47 % of the number of electors who voted).

Regular polls: will be held on Polling Day, which is a Monday, unless that Monday is a holiday, and in such case Polling Day would move to Tuesday. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The locations are determined by the Returning Officer in advance of an election call and finalized at the call of the election.

Information for voters with disabilities

 

Elections Yukon is committed to supporting people with disabilities in the voting process. This includes accessibility of the retuning offices and polling sites. At the polling place, the following supports are offered to voters with disabilities in order to assist in voting:

  • a poster of an enlarged ballot
  • a hand held magnifier
  • a Braille template
  • the Deputy Returning Officer or a friend/relative may take an oath and mark the ballot paper as directed by the elector
  • chairs are provided for people who are waiting in line at the polling station
  • A service dog can accompany the voter at the polling station.

If you have any specific concerns, contact your Returning Officer or Elections Yukon.

 

My Electoral District

 

You can view the electoral district maps by clicking on the pdf version of the maps. Electoral districts within Yukon or the City of Whitehorse are also available.