5 things to know about the provincial election

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People will next vote in the Province on October 3, 2023. This is the 43rd time that a large vote is happening in Manitoba.

Who are Manitobans voting for?

Manitoba is split into 57 parts. These parts are also called voting areas. You can look up your voting area on this page: Voter information. When a local vote happens, people vote for their Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA). Your MLA is the person who speaks for your voting area.

MLAs speak for us about big things like health care, learning, moving around, and help for people who need it. Remember, Canada has three parts of government: Federal, provincial, and municipal. Each part has its own jobs to do. The jobs of the provincial government include:

  • Courts and laws about people’s rights
  • Laws about owning things
  • Big roads
  • Learning and schools
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Health help and hospitals
  • Local parks and important old places
  • Taking care of nature in the area
  • Licenses for selling drinks with alcohol
  • Licenses for marriage and divorce papers
  • Family courts, child care
  • Help to keep children safe
  • Legal names
  • Birth papers

Who can vote?

You can vote if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are 18 years old or more on the day you vote; and
  • have been living in Manitoba for the last six months before the day you vote.

If you follow these rules and your name is on the list of people who can vote, you can vote. If you are not sure if your name is on the list of people who can vote, you can check the list at electionsmanitoba.ca or call 204-815-2996, or the free number 1-866-339-4870.

You can find more information about how to vote (written in many languages) on this page: Voting information for New Canadian citizens.

When can I vote?

You have the option to vote before the voting day or on the voting day itself.

If you are not able to be present on the voting day, you have two options. You can vote early or you can vote even if you are not present. Early voting is open for eight days. It starts on the Saturday that is 10 days before the voting day. You can vote at locations in the province where voting takes place. The locations where you can vote are announced before early voting starts.

People who vote even if they are not present are like those who need to travel outside of Manitoba. They can sign up online or at their local office. They can also complete the application form and return it with a valid ID. You can find out more about voting even if you are not there on this page: Absentee Voting

If you are not able to go to a voting location because you have a disability, you have many options. You can find out about these options on this page: Services and Options for people with disabilities

I am not eligible to vote yet. How can I participate?

If you are new here, you can do many things. Here are some examples:

  • Learn more about how the province is governed. Keep up with the news. This will help you understand big problems in Manitoba. Also, try to learn about what the leaders of the province are doing to fix these problems. Reading CBC’s Here’s everything you need to know about all 57 ridings in Manitoba’s upcoming election is a good place to start.

    There is also a guide called Voting information for newcomers. This will help you understand what to do when it’s your time to vote. The guide is in many languages. To find the language you need, go down this page: Voting Information for New Canadians.

  • Work for Election Manitoba – Election Manitoba is a place that is looking for people to do some jobs. This is a good chance to learn how an election is done. Check the jobs here: Work for Elections Manitoba

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