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Voting in a Manitoba Provincial Election

A set date for general elections

Manitoba now has a set date for general elections. The first set date election took place October 4, 2011. The 42nd general election will take place October 6, 2020.


A byelection may occur in a specific electoral division if a Member of the Legislative Assembly leaves office before the next general election. A byelection happens within six months of a vacancy unless a general election occurs first.

Hours of Voting

Voting stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day. Advance voting occurs the week before election day, and voting stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday).

You can vote if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age on or before election day;
  • a resident of Manitoba for at least 6 months immediately before election day; and
  • (in the case of a byelection, a resident of the electoral division)

Can I vote from home?

If you have a disability, you — and your caregiver, if applicable — can apply to vote at home by contacting your returning officer.

What if I am in a hospital?

Voting will be available for patients in hospitals and other care facilities on election day.

What if I am out of town during the election?

You can apply for absentee voting if you are eligible to vote but can't make it to a voting place on election day or advance voting days. Absentee voters should apply to their returning officer, or the Chief Electoral Officer before an election , as early as possible.

What if I am visually impaired?

Templates that allow you to mark your ballot on your own are available at the voting place.

What if I cannot physically mark my ballot?

If you cannot mark the ballot yourself someone under oath, or the voting officer, will be allowed to help you.

What if I have trouble reading?

If you have trouble reading the ballot, you can use a template or someone under oath can help you.

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