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Key information to know about Thompson’s upcoming provincial byelection

Who can vote, where to vote, how to register and other important information for potential voters.
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The Thompson returning office during the 2019 provincial election. Thompson riding residents should be receiving voter information cards for the June 7 byelection in the mail over the next week.

With the byelection to elect Thompson's next MLA having been officially announced May 10, Elections Manitoba is reminding residents of the electoral division about voting rules and regulations.

Any Canadian citizen aged 18 or over on June 7 who is a resident of the Thompson riding and has lived in Manitoba for at least six months on election day is eligible to cast a ballot.

Voter information cards are being mailed out starting today. Those who do not receive one, or those who receive cards with incorrect or outdated information can update them May 16-19 by calling Elections Manitoba, visiting the returning office in person or going to the Elections Manitoba website

Candidates have until May 24 to file their nomination papers. Advance voting will occur from May 28 top June 4. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 7. 

Voters can prove their address with a driver’s licence or other government identification card that includes their current address, or by providing ID such as a passport or Indian status card that doesn't include a current address and also signing a form to confirm their address.

People who don’t have government ID can also vote, provided they have two pieces of ID, such as a voter information card and various other ID such as a Manitoba Health card, a firearms licence, a bank statement or a credit card statement, along with many others. They can also have someone who is on the voters list and has proof of identity and address vouch for them on election day.

A full list of acceptable ID can be found on the Elections Manitoba website.

Unregistered voters can still vote in advance polls or on election day by showing their ID and taking an oath at the polling place.

The Thompson returning office is at the Thompson Plaza near the north entrance. It is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on Sundays when it is open noon to 6 p.m. To contact the returning office call 431-451-1110, toll-free 1-833-998-4286 or email ROThompson@elections.mb.ca.