PART 9Voting (continued)
Polling Day (continued)
Time to Employees for Voting (continued)
134 No employer shall, by intimidation, undue influence or by any other means, interfere with the granting to an elector in their employ of the three consecutive hours for voting, as provided for in section 132.
Proceedings at the Poll
Marginal note:Who may be present at polling station
(a) any field liaison officer;
(b) the returning officer, his or her representatives and any member of his or her staff whom he or she authorizes to be present;
(b.1) any election officer whom the returning officer authorizes to be present;
(c) the candidates;
(d) two representatives of each candidate or, in their absence, two electors to represent each candidate;
(e) an elector and a friend or relative who is helping him or her by virtue of subsection 155(1), only for the period necessary to enable the elector to vote;
(f) any observer or member of the Chief Electoral Officer’s staff whom he or she authorizes to be present;
(g) [Repealed, 2018, c. 31, s. 88]
(h) if a polling division of an electoral district in which a registered party’s leader is a candidate is assigned to the polling station, any media representative who — subject to any conditions that the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary to protect the integrity of the vote and the privacy of any person present at the polling station — is authorized in writing by the Chief Electoral Officer to be present and take any photograph or make any audio or video recording of the candidates as they cast their votes; and
(i) the auditor referred to in section 164.1.
Marginal note:Delivery of representative’s authorization
(2) When a representative of a candidate is admitted to a polling station, the representative shall deliver his or her written authorization from the candidate or the candidate’s official agent in the prescribed form, or a copy of it, to an election officer who is assigned to the polling station.
Marginal note:Representative authorized in writing
(3) A representative bearing a written authorization referred to in subsection (2), or a copy of one, is a representative of the candidate for the purposes of this Act and is entitled to represent the candidate to the exclusion of any elector who might otherwise claim the right to represent the candidate.
Marginal note:Solemn declaration
(4) Each representative of a candidate or each elector described in paragraph (1)(d), on being admitted to the polling station, shall make a solemn declaration in the prescribed form.
Marginal note:Solemn declaration
(5) A candidate’s representative who is appointed to more than one polling station shall, before being admitted to the first polling station, make a solemn declaration in the prescribed form before an election officer who is assigned to that polling station. The representative is not required to make another solemn declaration on being admitted to any other polling station in the same electoral district if he or she presents a document, in the prescribed form, proving that he or she has already made the solemn declaration.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 135
- 2014, c. 12, s. 44
- 2018, c. 31, s. 88
Marginal note:Presence of representatives
136 (1) A candidate or the candidate’s official agent may authorize any number of representatives of the candidate to be present at a polling station, but only two of each candidate’s representatives may be present at any time.
Marginal note:Representatives may absent themselves from poll
(2) A representative of a candidate, or an elector described in paragraph 135(1)(d), may leave a polling station at any time and return at any time before the counting of the votes begins and is not required to produce a new written authorization from the candidate or official agent, or a copy of one, or to make another solemn declaration.
Marginal note:Moving between polling stations
(2.1) Despite subsection (2), a candidate’s representative may, either before or after the counting of the votes begins, go from one polling station to another if those polling stations are in the same polling place. However, once the representative leaves the polling place, he or she is not permitted to return after the counting of the votes begins.
Marginal note:Examination of list of electors and conveying information
(3) A representative of a candidate may, during voting hours,
Marginal note:Photographs, recordings and communications devices
(4) A candidate’s representative
- 2000, c. 9, s. 136
- 2014, c. 12, s. 45
- 2018, c. 31, s. 89
Marginal note:Candidate may act as representative
137 (1) A candidate may perform the duties of a representative of the candidate, or may assist the representative in the performance of those duties, and may be present at any place that the representative is authorized to attend under this Act.
Marginal note:Non-attendance of representatives
(2) The non-attendance of a representative of a candidate at any time or place authorized by this Act does not in any way invalidate any act or thing done during the absence of the representative if the act or thing is otherwise duly done.
Marginal note:Initialling ballots
138 (1) Before a polling station opens on polling day, and in full view of the candidates or their representatives who are present at the polling station, an election officer who is assigned to the polling station shall initial the back of every ballot in the space indicated in Form 3 of Schedule 1, entirely in ink or entirely in black pencil so that when the ballot is folded the initials can be seen. The initials shall be as similar as possible on each ballot.
Marginal note:Ballots not to be detached
(2) For the purpose of initialling, the ballots shall not be detached from the books in which they are contained.
Marginal note:Vote not to be delayed
(3) The opening of a polling station shall not be delayed for the purpose of initialling the ballots. Ballots that are not initialled when the polling station opens shall be initialled as soon as possible and in all cases before being handed to electors.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 138
- 2018, c. 31, s. 90
Marginal note:Counting of ballots before opening of poll
139 Candidates or their representatives who are in attendance at least 15 minutes before a polling station opens are entitled to have the ballots intended to be used at the polling station carefully counted in their presence and to inspect the ballots and all other documents relating to the vote.
Marginal note:Examining and sealing ballot box
140 When the polling station opens, an election officer who is assigned to the polling station shall, in full view of the candidates or their representatives who are present, open the ballot box and ascertain that it is empty, and shall
(a) seal the ballot box with the seals provided by the Chief Electoral Officer; and
(b) place the ballot box on a table in full view of all present and ensure that the box remains there until the polling station closes.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 140
- 2018, c. 31, s. 91
Marginal note:Calling electors
141 Immediately after the ballot box is sealed, an election officer who is assigned to the polling station shall call on the electors to vote.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 141
- 2018, c. 31, s. 92
Marginal note:Electors not to be impeded
142 An election officer who is assigned to the polling station shall ensure that every elector is admitted into the polling station and that the electors are not disturbed when they are in or near the polling station.
- 2000, c. 9, s. 142
- 2018, c. 31, s. 92
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