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NWT Election 2023: Three weeks from polling day, voting begins

A sign direct voters toward their polling station in Yellowknife North. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
A sign directs voters toward a territorial polling station in Yellowknife in 2019. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

You can start voting in the Northwest Territories’ election from Tuesday by heading to the office of your district’s returning officer.

Polling day is November 14 – three weeks from now – but anyone already certain of their choice for MLA can cast their ballot in person by contacting their local returning officer.

As of Monday, Elections NWT said 26,486 people had registered to vote, some 2,000 more than were registered by polling day at the last election in 2019.

In the past few territorial elections, around 15 to 20 percent of all votes were cast ahead of time at the office of a returning officer.

In 2019, for example, 2,356 votes were cast that way out of a total of 13,238.



2019 was the first time people could vote online – an option 489 voters used that year. The ability to vote online is available again this time and online voting also starts on Tuesday. If you want to vote online but haven’t requested the chance to do so, you need to do that by November 4.

For those who need more time to get to know their candidates, there are various forums at which you can hear from candidates later in October and into November. Cabin Radio is aiming to publish interviews with all candidates by November 1 where possible.