Vote By Mail

If you are unable to make it to a voting place or feel uncomfortable about voting in person, electors can apply to vote by special mail-in ballot. 

Any eligible elector can request a special mail-in ballot from the City of Ottawa Elections Office between Thursday, September 1, 2022 and Friday, September 16, 2022

To request a special mail-in ballot:

  • Use the Application for special mail-in ballot tool, or 
  • Complete an Application for Special Mail-in Ballot form and submit by mail or email. 

An elector’s name must appear on or be added to the Voters’ List in order to apply and receive a special mail-in ballot. Electors can verify if their name appears on the Voters’ List by using the "Am I on the voters’ list?" tool from Thursday, September 1, 2022, and end on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 4:30 pm.

Once an application is reviewed and accepted, the Elections Office will send a Special Ballot Voter Kit, which will include instructions on how to vote, a voter declaration form, a ballot, a ballot secrecy envelope, and a prepaid return envelope to the applicant by mail following the close of the application period. Electors can expect to receive their special mail-in ballot kit during the week of Monday, September 26, 2022, which provides electors nearly one month to fill out and return their special mail-in ballot.

Completed special ballots must be received at the Elections Office or Client Service Centers by 4:30 pm on Monday, October 24, 2022, in order to be counted. Any special ballots received after 4:30 pm will not be counted.

For more information, please see the City of Ottawa Elections Office website