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Canadians Who Get COVID-19 Between Now & Election Day May Not Be Able To Vote At All

It depends on if they've applied to vote by mail or not!

Staff Writer
Canadians Who Get COVID-19 Between Now & Election Day May Not Be Able To Vote At All

Elections Canada is warning Canadians that if they're diagnosed with COVID-19 over the next few days they may not be able to vote in the federal election.

According to one question in their FAQ section — "What if I develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive after advance polling days or on election day?" — Canadians with symptoms should not show up to an Elections Canada office or polling station on voting day at all.

Instead, Elections Canada advises them to contact their local public health authority for information regarding quarantining and treatment and visit elections.ca to find out how else they can vote.

Since the final deadline to request a mail-in ballot was on September 14, however, there are no other ways to vote if you can't show up to an Elections Canada office or polling station on September 20.

"Unfortunately, after Tuesday, September 14, electors who have or believe they have COVID-19 and who have not already applied to vote by mail will not be able to vote," Elections Canada says.

According to the current federal guidance, people should quarantine if they have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with (or "may have") COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not. Anyone with COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms are also being told to self-isolate at home.

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