Elections New Brunswick

Special ballots give New Brunswick voters more flexibility (08/11/04)

NB 1627

Nov. 4, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Residents unable to vote at their regular polling stations in three upcoming municipal byelections may make alternative arrangements to cast their ballots.

These arrangements are intended to accommodate voters who are housebound, hospitalized, incarcerated or who may otherwise be unable to cast an advanced ballot or a regular ballot.

Byelections are scheduled to take place on Monday, Nov. 24, in Grand Manan, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël and Woodstock.

Special ballots are available to housebound voters unable to make the trip to a polling station due to illness or disability. The voter, a friend or a family member may call the municipal returning office to make arrangements to have a ballot taken to him or her.

Hospital officials and superintendents/wardens at correctional facilities are co-operating with returning officers to have special ballots made available to voters who are hospitalized or incarcerated.

Special ballots are available for voters who may be travelling; working; attending school; or out of their municipalities for any other reason and unable to vote during the advance poll or on polling day.

People may contact the returning office and either vote at the returning office before leaving or have a special ballot sent to them by courier. Special ballots must be returned to the returning office by the time polls close on polling day.

Voters seeking more information may contact the returning offices in Grand Manan, 506-662-7169, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël, 506-344-3397; and Woodstock, 506-325-4677.

Information is also available at the Elections NB main office, 1-888-858-VOTE (8683); TTY, 1-888-718-0544; or, at the Elections NB website www.electionsnb.ca (click on the Elections FAQ link).

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MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Quinn, municipal electoral officer, Elections NB, 506-453-2218, info@electionsnb.ca.

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