The following conditions apply if you are studying at a school located in Manitoba, but live away from home.
- If your course of study is longer than six months you will vote in the electoral division you live in while attending school.
- If your course of study is shorter than six months you will vote in your home electoral division.
Eligible voters attending school outside Manitoba can still vote in a Manitoba provincial election.
To qualify as a student absentee voter you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be 18 years old on or before election day
- intend to return to live in Manitoba when you are done your studies*
*The six-month residency rule is waived for students, the military and some public servants.
When do I apply?
Before an election is called, and if you will be away for at least a month, you can submit an application to Elections Manitoba. Your name will be placed on the Absentee Voters registry, and forwarded to your returning officer when an election is called. The returning officer will then send you an absentee ballot, a list of candidates and instructions.
After an election is called, apply to the returning officer in your home electoral division. Or go to any returning office in Manitoba and have your application and copies of your identification sent to the returning officer in your electoral division. Addresses for returning offices will be published in local newspapers, on this website, or can be obtained by contacting us. The returning officer will then send you an absentee ballot, a list of candidates and instructions.
How do I apply?
Download the application form (PDF), then apply in person, by mail or fax an application and copies of the required identification.
Legible copies of government issued photo identification, such as a driver's licence, or two documents that together confirm your identity.
For more information please contact us.
High school students
Elections Manitoba is recruiting Grade 12 students to work on Election Day as Student Information Officers (SIOs).
The SIO’s primary role is to greet voters and direct them to their voting station. Participation in this project is a tremendous benefit to students, not only providing them with paid work experience but also first-hand exposure to the election process.
Students will be hired to work at voting places within their electoral division for a six-hour shift. The students will be responsible for their own transportation. They will also be required to attend a training session.
Read the job description.
Fee: $11.00 per hour
Training Fee: $37.00
To apply, complete the application form and return to:
Students under 18 years must also submit a release form signed by a parent or legal guardian.