Many people are away from where they would ordinarily live, either working or attending school, and want to know if they can still vote in a New Brunswick provincial election. Students have the option to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where they normally reside or for a candidate in the electoral district where they live while attending school. They must have lived in the province for forty days prior to Election Day and must also meet the standard qualifications to vote.
In order to vote in New Brunswick, one must be a Canadian Ccitizen, at least 18 years of age by election day, have been ordinarily resident somewhere in New Brunswick for at least 40 days before election day, and be ordinarily resident in the riding where you apply to vote.
Students who are ordinarily resident in one electoral district of New Brunswick but are residing in a different electoral district for the purpose of attending a post-secondary institution, have the unique opportunity to have their name placed either on the voters list in their “home” electoral district and vote for a candidate in that electoral district, or to have their name placed on the voters list for the electoral district where they are living while going to school, and vote for the candidate in that electoral district.
Students from another province only temporarily residing in New Brunswick for the purpose of attending school do not gain the status of ‘ordinarily residence” which is necessary to vote. However, if a student from another province declares that he or she has decided to make New Brunswick their home or ‘ordinary residence’ and has been ordinarily resident for at least 40 days, that person can apply to be put on the voters list and to vote.
When applying to be added to the voters list you must present one of more pieces of identification which between them show your name, your signature, and the address where you are now resident. (A New Brunswick driver’s license contains all three and is the ideal piece of identification).
Other options may include:
other documentation that provides the above three requirements, or having a friend already on the voters list vouch for your residency.
You will be required to sign a declaration stating you are now ‘ordinarily” resident in New Brunswick, have been so for at least 40 days, and that this address in New Brunswick is now your ordinary residence.
Note: You can also apply in person to obtain a ballot for your ‘home” electoral district at any Returning Office in the province, and cast your ballot there at the same time. Or, you can request that the Returning Office in your “home” riding” mail you a special ballot, and then you must ensure the ballot is received back at that returning office by 8pm on Election Day.