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Absentee Voting

You can vote in a Manitoba election from anywhere in the world if you are eligible to be an absentee voter.

You can be an absentee voter if you are an eligible voter, and you expect:

  • to be outside Manitoba on advance voting days and on election day
  • to be inside Manitoba but at a location significantly distant from any advance voting place and from your regular voting place on election day

Who should apply?

How do I apply?

Download the application form (PDF, 0 B), then submit your application and copies of the required ID to Elections Manitoba. Find out more about ID requirements.


In order to be an eligible absentee voter, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18 years of age on or before election day
  • have resided in Manitoba for at least six months immediately before election day*
  • intend to be away for no more than six months

*Special circumstances
The following individuals can still vote even if they have been away longer than six months, as long as they intend to return to live in Manitoba:

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 office once it opens. The returning office will then send you an absentee ballot, a list of candidates and instructions.

Once the returning office for your electoral division is open for an election, you can submit your application there. Or go to any returning office in Manitoba and have your application and copies of your identification sent to the returning office 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 office will then send you an absentee ballot, a list of candidates and instructions

Important Dates

The second Friday before election day
Try to apply before this date. Otherwise, you might not get the absentee ballot in time to return it. If you apply after this date, you might want to pay for faster delivery service. If uncertain, talk to your returning officer.

The Saturday before election day
The returning office cannot accept an application after this date.

8 p.m. on election day
The deadline for returning ballots to the returning office.

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