Using a Preferred Name

Although electors may present themselves at the polls using a preferred name that does not match their identification, their registration must match their legal name. This may include using your middle name, gender-affirming name, or shortened name (e.g. "Bob" instead of Robert). Until legally changed, your legal name will need to be used on all election documents.


Changing your name before an election

If you have recently changed your name, you can update the name on your registration using the online registration portal. You will be required to upload a copy of your identification that has the same name and address as your application.

You can also update your registration by contacting Elections Yukon.


Frequently asked questions

I am recently married or divorced, can I vote using my maiden name?

Yes. If your identification matches your maiden name, you can vote using that name. If you have changed your last name, you can update your voter registration to match your identification.

Will my gender expression or sex indicator on my ID affect my ability to register?

No. If you are using two pieces of ID, it is acceptable if they have different sex indicators as long as they show the same name. You may register using your prefered gender expression, even if it does not match your ID.

The Yukon was one of the first places in Canada to allow electors to use x as their gender identifier in election records.

Can I update my voter registration if my appearance and/or gender expression do not match my identification?

Yes, you can update your name and/or address to match what is on your ID. If you are using photo ID, it is acceptable if your appearance does not match to photo.

Can I update my voter registration if my two pieces of ID have different names?

No. If you are using two pieces of ID, they must show the same name. There are however many ID options available.

I've assumed a new name, how can I update my voter registration?

Although electors may present themselves using a preferred name that does not match their identification, until legally changed, your legal name will still be used on all election documents. Once your name has been legally changed, you can update your registration online or by contacting Elections Yukon.

I've legally changed my name, why does the register still have my old name on it?

Elections Yukon updates the voter registry using data from multiple sources, including motor vehicles, health care, and the federal elector registry. There can be delays in sending updates. Updating your information directly with Elections Yukon ensures your name appears correctly on the register. 

You can update your registration information, including your name, address and gender online or by contacting Elections Yukon.

Why does the registration form ask for my gender?

The Elections Act lists gender as one of the required fields that is collected along with an elector's name, date of birth, address of residence, and mailing address (if different). The Yukon was one of the first places in Canada to allow electors to use x as their gender identifier in election records.

I have a question not answered here, who can I talk to?

If you have a unique situation you would like to discuss or a question not answered here, we are available to assist you. You can contact us by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-866-668-8683.

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