Frequently Asked Questions
Marking A Ballot
Q. I live in a region of the province where I receive health services from both the Horizon and Vitalité health authorities. Why am I permitted to vote for candidates in only one of the health authorities?
A. The Regional Health Authorities Act sets out the requirement that electors are only permitted to vote for one regional health authority (where there is a choice of both) when receiving a ballot. Electors are only permitted to vote for candidates from one health region.
Q. Why can’t I vote for candidates in both the Anglophone and Francophone school district elections?
A. The Education Act sets out the requirement that electors must, prior to voting, declare for which school district they intend to vote. Electors are only permitted to vote for candidates from one school district.
Q. Can I put my own ballot in the tabulation machine or ballot box?
A. Yes. After the Tabulation Machine Operator verifies the ballot was issued in the polling station by verifying the election officer’s initials on the ballot, the elector will be asked to insert his/her own ballot.
Q. Can I take my ballot outside the polling station?
A. No. Once a ballot is issued, it either has to be put into the ballot box or returned to the Ballot Issuing Officer as a “spoiled ballot”.
Q. Is a ballot rejected if another mark is used?
A. A ballot is not rejected as long as the mark fills in enough of the circle for the machine to read properly; any mark outside the oval is not read by the machine.
Q. What is a spoiled ballot?
What if I make a mistake when I vote?
A. A ballot is “Spoiled” when it is marked in error by the voter or damaged in printing. It can be returned to the Ballot Issuing Officer and exchanged for another. The spoiled ballot does not go into the ballot box.
Q. What is the correct way to mark a ballot?
A. Mark the ballot with an "X" or fill in the oval beside the name of the candidate chosen. A special marker is provided at the poll.
Q. What is the order of names on the ballot?
A. In local elections, the names are printed with all the candidates for one contest together, then in alphabetical order by last names.
Q. Can the ballot box be brought out to my car?
A. In the event that an elector is designated to vote at a polling station that is not physically accessible by the elector, and has not obtained a transfer certificate, the elector or someone on his or her behalf may request that the Poll Supervisor of that polling station assist him or her to vote at the curbside.
Q. Does Elections New Brunswick have Braille Ballots?
A. Braille facsimiles of ballots are only used in Provincial elections (for an MLA). Because of the complex municipal ballot, they will not work in municipal elections. The audio vote solution at the Returning Offices, has Braille on the device for selecting the choice of candidates.
Q. How can I protest my vote/decline my ballot?
A. You may receive a ballot and choose to mark more candidates than are permitted, in which case your vote for that contest(s) will be rejected, or you may choose to mark no candidates at all, and deposit an unmarked ballot.
Be aware that the tabulation machines are programmed to beep and give a voter a “second chance” if they have over voted for a contest on the ballot.
There is no provision to decline a ballot in NB.