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Chief Electoral Officer


The independent officer of Parliament responsible for the management of federal elections and referendums. Marc Mayrand is the sixth Canadian to hold this office since it was established in 1920.
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Voters list


See List of electors.
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Universal suffrage


The extension of the right to vote to all adult citizens.
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Enfranchisement


Extension of the right to vote to a particular group of people. Some examples include the 1918 extension of the franchise to women and the 1970 lowering of the voting age from 21 years to 18.
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Advance voting


The polls are open between noon and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th days before election day, for those who want to vote early. The ballots are kept in a sealed envelope until election day and are counted at the same time as the other ballots.
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Writ of election


The document signed by the Chief Electoral Officer that instructs the returning officer in an electoral district to conduct an election (or referendum) on a specific date. After the election, the returning officer writes the name of the winning candidate on the writ, signs it, and returns it to the Chief Electoral Officer.
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Voting template


A plastic ballot holder designed to help voters with a visual disability mark the ballot.
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Voting screen


At the polling station, the privacy barrier that shields from view the place where a voter goes to mark the ballot. There should be nothing on the table behind the voting screen but a pencil for use in marking the ballot.
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Voter registration desk


Located at the election day polling stations, it is the place for electors to register to vote if their names are not already on the list of electors. It is staffed by a registration officer, who fills out a registration certificate. Electors must provide acceptable proof of identity and residence, and sign the certificate. An elector who can prove [..]
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Voter information card


A card that Elections Canada sends during an election campaign to every elector whose name appears on the preliminary lists of electors. It tells electors when and where they can cast their ballots on election day or at the advance polls. A card is also sent to every elector who is added to the list of electors during the revision period.
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