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 must take place within six months of a vacancy unless a general election occurs first.
Hours of Voting
Voting places are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on election day. Advance voting runs for eight days, from the Thursday 12 days before election day until the following Thursday. Advance voting stations are generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Some exceptions apply.
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
DO I NEED IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE?
Yes. Elections Manitoba publishes a complete list of acceptable identification (ID) every year. Find out more about ID requirements.
Can I vote from home?
If you are unable to go in person to a voting place due to a disability, you and your caregiver can apply to vote in your home.
To apply for homebound voting, download the application form (PDF), then submit your application and copies of the required ID to Elections Manitoba: Legible copies of government issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, or two documents that together confirm your identity. Find out more about acceptable ID.
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. Before an election, absentee voters should apply to Elections Manitoba. Once the returning office is open for an election, absentee voters can apply to the returning office.
WHAT IF I AM BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED?
Braille ballot templates and Braille candidate lists are available at the voting place. Large print lists of candidates and magnifying rulers are also available.
What if I cannot physically mark my ballot?
If you cannot mark the ballot yourself, you may bring someone to help you. They will need to take an oath. The voting officer may also help you.
WHAT IF I AM DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING?
If you require an ASL interpreter at the voting place, Contact us before you plan to vote. We will do our best to accommodate you. All voting stations have pens and paper, and you may also use the text feature on your mobile device to communicate with the voting officer.