Manitoba has a set date for general elections, although the law allows for the election to be called before the set date.
Key dates in the election calendar vary depending on whether it is a set date election or other election, for example, a byelection.
The next date set for a provincial general election is October 6, 2020. If the election is called earlier, the key dates in the byelection and other election calendar will be in effect.
BYELECTION AND OTHER ELECTION
Writ day (start of election period): The election period can begin with the issue of the writ between 28 and 34 days before election day.
Targeted registration: May be held before an election and must end before the writ is issued. The preliminary voters list is available within two days after the writ is issued.
Revision begins: Revision begins either on the Monday 29 days before election day or 22 days before election day, depending on writ day. Returning officers and registration agents operate from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Close of nominations: Before 1:00 pm on the Monday 15 days before election day. Signed nomination papers must be submitted to the returning officer before 1:00 p.m. or they will not be accepted.
Revision ends: Revision ends after four days. The revised voters list is available 18 days before election day. Returning offices remain open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Advance voting: Held at returning offices and other locations from the Thursday 12 days before election day to the Thursday five days before election day. Most advance voting locations are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (noon to 6:00 pm Sunday). Not all advance voting stations are open on all days.
Last day to apply for absentee voting: The Saturday before election day. Returning officers can accept applications until 8:00 pm.
Last day to apply for homebound voting: The Monday before election day. Returning officers can accept applications until 8:00 pm.
Election day: Tuesday; voting places are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Campaign period: From writ day to two months after election day.
Candidacy period: From the date a person becomes a candidate to two months after election day.
Deadline for financial statements: Within four months after election day. Both candidates and registered parties must file election financial statements with Elections Manitoba.
Note: Important dates that fall on a holiday (Sunday, for example) may be changed to the next working day.