Can I vote wearing a face covering?
Yes. Here is the process at the polling place:
If an elector wearing a face covering comes to vote, the deputy returning officer will ask the elector to show their face. If the elector agrees to remove their face covering, the election officer will follow regular voting procedures. Election officers have been instructed to exercise respect and sensitivity in following this administrative procedure.
If the elector does not wish to remove their face covering, the deputy returning officer will advise the elector that they must provide two pieces of authorized identification – at least one having the elector's current address – and then take an oath attesting to their eligibility to vote. If the elector agrees to provide the identification and take the oath, the election officer will follow regular voting procedures.
If the elector refuses to uncover their face and also refuses to provide two pieces of identification and take an oath, they will not be permitted to vote.
Is it okay to use an electronic device or mobile phone inside a polling place?
Voters, candidates and candidates' representatives may use an electronic device, such as a mobile phone, in a polling place for certain purposes. For example, voters may use their mobile device to show proof of identity and address documents issued electronically (such as e-statements or e-invoices).
Voters with disabilities, in particular people with a visual impairment, may use a personal mobile device, such as a smart phone, to read their ballot behind the voting screen – certain conditions apply.
However, voters, candidates and candidates' representatives may not:
- be disruptive
- take photos
- make an audio or video recording
- jeopardize the secrecy of the vote or the privacy of voters
Poll workers may not use an electronic device inside the polling place, except as required by their job (for example, to call the local Elections Canada office to request more supplies).
Can I share a photo of my marked ballot?
No. The vote is secret. If people were allowed to show how they voted, it could lead to coercion (being forced to vote a certain way) or vote buying. If you're enthusiastic about voting and want to share the experience with your friends, take a photo of yourself outside the polling place.