Mail-in voting: How to know your ballot is safe


Elections Canada is prepared to receive up to five million mail-in ballots in this year’s federal election. To put that into perspective, only around 50,000 mail-in ballots were cast in 2019. With millions of votes expected to arrive by mail, many readers have been asking us about the security of mail-in ballots. One audience member read our article on how to vote by mail and asked in the comments about what’s stopping people from voting twice or forging mail-in ballots. Elections Canada has measures in place to prevent voter fraud and people attempting to vote once by mail and then again on election day. For example, once your application for a special ballot is accepted — which you’ll need to vote by mail — your name is struck from the voter list that’s kept at the polls.

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