Who Can Vote in a Plebiscite?
Some plebiscites are Nunavut-wide and open to all voters. Some are limited to a specific area or group. The plebiscite area and voting group are stated when a plebiscite is announced.
To vote, you must be in the plebiscite area and voting group. You must also be:
- A Canadian citizen;
- 18 years or older;
- A Nunavut resident; AND,
- Not disqualified from voting (see “Disqualifications” below).
Who is a Nunavut Resident?
You are a Nunavut resident if:
- You have been living in Nunavut for at least one year before the plebiscite voting day; OR,
- You are living away temporarily, but Nunavut is still your home (for example, students, medical patients, and people in jail).
You are not a Nunavut resident if you leave Nunavut for a permanent job.
You may not vote if:
- You have a court order that says you don’t understand your actions or you can’t decide things for yourself;
- You committed a crime and are in a place for people with mental illness; OR,
- You have been convicted of breaking an election law anywhere in Canada in the last five years.
To vote in a plebiscite, you must be on the Voters List. This is Elections Nunavut’s list of everyone in Nunavut who can vote in elections, by-elections, and plebiscites. You can add yourself at any time, including on the day you vote if you have the proper identification. See Voters List for more information.
How Do I Vote in a Plebiscite?
The options for voting in a Nunavut-wide plebiscite are the same as for territorial elections. Voting in local plebiscites is usually the same as any local election.
- For more information on voting options, see: How to Vote.