How To Vote

There are different ways to vote depending on your needs. Here is a list of all the ways Nunavummiut can vote in elections and Nunavut-wide plebiscites.

Remember! You must be on the Voters List to vote. If you are not, you can be added when you go to vote. See Voters List for information.


Regular Access

Polling Place in Your Community (on election day)

Election day hours:

  • Mountain time - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Central time - 9 am to 7 pm
  • Eastern time - 10 am to 8 pm.

Office of the Returning Officer (before election day)

Available only in communities that have an Office of the Returning Officer.

  • Available for 10 days (from 14 days before to 4 days before election day)
  • Hours: 12 pm to 7 pm (local time)

Advance Vote (before election day)

Available in communities without an Office of the Returning Officer.

  • Available 1 day only (7 days before election day)
  • Hours: 12 pm to 7 pm (local time)

Special Access

Mail-in Ballot

For any voter who is away from home during the election, such as students, medical patients, and people in jail.

  1. Complete the Special Ballot Application Form. Fax or mail it to us. (Do this as soon as you hear about the election so we can process your application in time).
  2. Once your application is approved, we will send you a mail-in ballot kit.
  3. Follow the directions and mail your completed ballot back to our office. It must be reach the Elections Nunavut office in Rankin Inlet by 5pm (local time) on election day.

Mobile Poll (brought to your home)

For any voter who cannot get to the local polling place easily, such as Elders, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers.

  • Contact your local Returning Officer or Elections Nunavut to schedule the Mobile Poll.
  • Voting date and hours of the Mobile Poll:
    • One day only – 7 days before election day
    • 9 am to 11:30 am (local time)

By Radio or Satellite Phone

For voters in remote locations (such as mining camps and outpost camps) who cannot vote any other way.

  • Contact Elections Nunavut to make arrangements to vote this way.
  • To vote this way, you must meet all of these conditions:
    • You are already on the Voters List.
    • You have no other way to vote.
    • You had no other way to vote before you went to the remote location.