An elector may visit any Service New Brunswick service centre to request his or her information be updated on the Register of Electors. This opportunity is also offered to residents when they make changes to their address or legal name and wish to update their drivers licence, for example. Service New Brunswick began to collect this information on August 1, 2007.
In addition, Elections NB is sent information on a regular basis from Public Safety concerning name and address changes from drivers licence information and Vital Statistics concerning persons who have passed away.
All of the collected information is received at Elections NB, where automated and manual processes attempt to make a match with the names and addresses found on the Register of Electors. If the matching elector is found, the update is performed immediately.
If the name and address is not found on the Register of Electors, Elections NB will send the resident a certification form and a stamped return envelope. Before a resident’s name may be added to the Register of Electors, section 20.8(1) of the Elections Act requires that a signed certification that the elector qualifications are met be received by Elections NB. When the certification is returned, the elector will be added to the Register of Electors immediately.
Elections Canada sends information periodically to Elections NB concerning name and address changes. The same process applies to this information, except that with this source, we may add the resident’s name to the Register of Electors as an elector immediately because the qualifications to vote are similar between federal and provincial elections.
Voters can contact Elections NB at 1-888-858-VOTE (8683), to confirm they are properly listed on the voters list, or if they have moved or changed their name since the last time they voted, they can update their information over the telephone.
If an eligible elector is not on the voters list, section 20.9 of the Elections Act allows an eligible elector to apply to be added. We require a signed certification that the elector meets the qualifications to vote. Eligible electors may:
- Download and complete the Application for Addition to List of Electors (C 05 801) form.
- Photocopy one or more pieces of ID that between them show their name, address and signature (i.e. copy both sides of their drivers license).
- Mail or fax the completed form and photocopied information to Elections NB at 506-457-4926 (fax), or 551 King St, Unit 102, Fredericton, NB, E3B 1E7.
We will process the application and add the name to the voters list. During an election, the electors name will then also appear on the voters list used at the polling stations.