Elections New Brunsick

If you have voted in previous elections in New Brunswick you are likely already on the voters list. To get added to the voters list you must first meet the qualifications to vote and provide one or more pieces of ID that between them show your name, current address and signature. (A New Brunswick driver’s license contains all three and is the ideal piece of identification).

 If you need to add your name, correct or update your personal information, you may contact the local Returning Office or you can make the change when you go to the polls to vote. You can also call Elections NB to update your personal information.

Everyone who is on the voters list is mailed a Voter Information Card before the election telling them the address of their polling station as well as the dates and times of advance and ordinary polling.

 

An elector may visit any Service New Brunswick service centre to request his or her information be updated on the Register of Electors. This opportunity is also offered to residents when they make changes to their address or legal name and wish to update their drivers licence, for example. Service New Brunswick began to collect this information on August 1, 2007.

In addition, Elections NB is sent information on a regular basis from Public Safety concerning name and address changes from drivers licence information and Vital Statistics concerning persons who have passed away.

All of the collected information is received at Elections NB, where automated and manual processes attempt to make a match with the names and addresses found on the Register of Electors. If the matching elector is found, the update is performed immediately.

If the name and address is not found on the Register of Electors, Elections NB will send the resident a certification form and a stamped return envelope. Before a resident’s name may be added to the Register of Electors, section 20.8(1) of the Elections Act requires that a signed certification that the elector qualifications are met be received by Elections NB. When the certification is returned, the elector will be added to the Register of Electors immediately.

Elections Canada sends information periodically to Elections NB concerning name and address changes. The same process applies to this information, except that with this source, we may add the resident’s name to the Register of Electors as an elector immediately because the qualifications to vote are similar between federal and provincial elections.

Voters can contact Elections NB at 1-888-858-VOTE (8683), to confirm they are properly listed on the voters list, or if they have moved or changed their name since the last time they voted, they can update their information over the telephone.

If an eligible elector is not on the voters list, section 20.9 of the Elections Act allows an eligible elector to apply to be added. We require a signed certification that the elector meets the qualifications to vote. Eligible electors may:

  1. Download and complete the Application for Addition to List of Electors (C 05 801) form.
  2. Photocopy one or more pieces of ID that between them show their name, address and signature (i.e. copy both sides of their drivers license).
  3. Mail or fax the completed form and photocopied information to Elections NB at 506-457-4926 (fax), or 551 King St, Unit 102, Fredericton, NB, E3B 1E7.

We will process the application and add the name to the voters list. During an election, the electors name will then also appear on the voters list used at the polling stations.

 

An elector will be removed from the Register of Electors between elections when Elections NB:

  1. Receives notification of an elector's death from the Vital Statistics branch of Service New Brunswick.
  2. Receives notification that the elector has moved and obtained a new driver’s licence in another province.

 

All of the additions, corrections, and deletions to the Register of Electors between elections are used to create the Preliminary List of Electors used at the start of an electoral event.

 

Voters can contact Elections NB at 1-888-858-VOTE (8683), to confirm they are properly listed on the voters list, or if they have moved or changed their name since the last time they voted, they can update their information over the telephone.

Voters may also contact any returning office opened for the duration of the election to confirm or update their information.

If an eligible elector is not on the voters list for an election, eligible electors may:

  1. Visit any returning office in the province up until 4 days prior to the date of the election, and complete the Application for Addition to List of Electors (C 05 801) form. The eligible elector must show the revision officer one or more pieces of ID that between them shows their name, address and signature, and sign the declaration that they are eligible, or be personally vouched for by another elector on the same voters list. The revision officer will add the name and it will appear on the lists used at the polls.

Visit their assigned advance polling station or ordinary polling station, and complete the Application for Addition to List of Electors (C 05 801) form. The eligible elector must show the revision officer one or more pieces of ID that between them shows their name, address and signature, and sign the declaration that they are eligible, or be personally vouched for by another elector on the same voters list. The elector may then immediately vote. The information is returned to the returning office, and the revision officer will later add the name to the voters list.