Participating in the Manitoba Election

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The provincial election is on September 10, 2019. It was moved up from October 6, 2020.

Who can vote in the provincial election:

  • Canadian citizens
  • At least 18 years old
  • Lived in Manitoba for at least six months before the election

You must be in the Manitoba Voter Register. Check if you are in the register if you are voting for the first time. Go to: Voter Registration Service. Register or update your information on this page.

You can’t vote if you’re not a citizen yet. There are ways you can participate:

  1. Learn about the election.
  2. Know how decisions are made in the provincial government and how Manitobans help the province’s development.
  3. Support a political party by volunteering or contributing money.
  4. Help educate voters and encourage them to vote.
  5. Work for Elections Manitoba during the election: Employment opportunities at Elections Manitoba.

Who will you vote for? (if you are eligible to vote)

Manitobans will vote for Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). MLAs represent their area in the legislature. Manitoba has 57 electoral districts. The leader of the political party with the most MLAs voted becomes the province’s premier. The premier’s role is like the prime minister but on the provincial level.

To see who your current MLA is, go to: Who is my MLA? (Look for your electoral division or search using you address).

Electoral division boundaries are changing in September. Go to: What is my electoral division to know where you belong.

There are six registered political parties in Manitoba:

  1. New Democratic Party of Manitoba – NDP (Wab Kinew, leader)
  2. The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba – PC (Brian Pallister)
  3. Manitoba Liberal Party – Lib. (Dougald Lamont)
  4. The Green Party of Manitoba – GPM (James Beddome)
  5. Communist Party of Canada – Manitoba – CPC-M (Darrel Rankin)
  6. Manitoba Party – MP (David Sutherland)

Know what each party stands for by reading their website. Read the news. Know the candidates and know their plans for the province. Learn all that you can before you vote. Find the list of candidates at: Candidates: 42nd General Election.

What do you need to vote

You will receive information about your polling place by mail. Ways to vote:

  1. On election day at your polling place Bring identification.
  2. Advance poll – Advance voting is held for eight days. It starts on the Thursday 12 days before election day up to the following Thursday. Bring identification.
  3. By absentee – Apply to be an Absentee Voter if you are not in Manitoba on advance voting days or election days. Go to: Absentee Voting to learn more.
  4. At home – People with disabilities may vote at home. Contact your returning officer. Go to: Services and Voting Options to know how to apply and other accessibility options.

Terms to know:

Constituency – The geographic area that a Member of the Legislative Assembly represents in the province. This is also called the riding or electoral district.

Political parties – Associations of voters who form a political organization. They support candidates in elections.

Writ day – The start of the election period. The writ is a written order telling the returning officer in each electoral district to hold an election (The House of Commons).

Campaign – A set of activities that people do over a period of time to achieve something such as social or political change.

Poll – (verb) Election. The polls (noun) are the places where people vote in a political election.
Sources: Elections Manitoba; The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba; and Manitobans go to the polls Sept. 10 for provincial election, The Canadian Press, CTV News. Accessed June 20, 2019.

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