A Set Date for General Elections
Manitoba now has a set date for General Elections. The first set date election took place October 4, 2011. Following that, a general election must be held on the first Tuesday in October in the fourth calendar year after election day for the last general election.
A by-election may occur in a specific electoral division if a Member of the Legislative Assembly leaves office before the next general election. A by-election happens within one year of a vacancy unless a general election occurs first.
Hours of Voting
Voting stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.
voting occurs the week before election day, and voting stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday).
You can vote if you:
- are a Canadian citizen
- are 18 years of age on or before election day
- have resided in Manitoba for at least 6 months immediately before election day
(in the case of a by-election, are a resident of the electoral division)
Can I vote from home?
If you have a disability, you — and your caregiver, if applicable — can apply to vote at home by contacting your returning officer.
What if I am in a hospital?
Voting will be available for patients in hospitals and other care facilities on election day.
What if I am out of town during the election?
You can apply for absentee voting if you are eligible to vote but can't make it to a voting place on election day or advance voting days. Absentee voters should apply to their returning officer, or the Chief Electoral Officer before an election , as early as possible.
What if I am visually impaired?
Templates that allow you to mark your ballot on your own are available at the voting place.
What if I cannot physically mark my ballot?
If you cannot mark the ballot yourself someone under oath, or the voting officer, will be allowed to help you.
What if I have trouble reading?
If you have trouble reading the ballot, you can use a template or someone under oath can help you.