Time to Vote Halifax - 2020 Municipal Election Details

Lauren Howard

Calling all Haligonians! This October, it’s time to cast your vote in the upcoming Municipal Election. There is no question that 2020 has certainly come with its challenges for the Halifax Regional Municipality, but we have shown resilience and have hope for the future.

On October 17th, you have the opportunity to elect a mayor and council you feel will deliver leadership during these extraordinary times and fight for the future you envision for the HRM. For those of you who are passionate about sustainable growth, promoting diversity and inclusion, alleviating poverty in the community, and more, don't forget that every vote counts, and now is the chance to make your voice heard.

If you are unsure about voting procedures and candidate platforms, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find frequently asked questions about mayoral and council candidates, voting eligibility, and the voting options available to you.


Who Am I Voting For?

During this election, HRM residents will be casting their votes for a mayoral candidate as well as district councillors. The HRM is divided into 16 districts. To find your district and corresponding councillor candidates visit the District Look-Up Map.

Running in this years’ Mayoral Election, we have: current mayor - Mike Savage, late entry - Max Taylor, and District 13 Councillor - Matt Whitman. Although each candidate is running on different platforms, they share a common goal to increase voter turnout and have continuously encouraged this effort across all campaigns.

Read more: Candidate Platforms and Campaign Objectives


Am I Eligible to Vote?

Yes, you are eligible to vote in the upcoming municipal election, if you are: a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older by October 10th, ordinarily an HRM resident, and not otherwise disqualified to vote.

Halifax is home to a large post-secondary student population. If you are a university or college student currently living in the HRM you are also eligible to vote but keep in mind that you can only vote in one municipal election.


What Are My Voting Options and Key Dates I Need to Know?

To offer increased convenience and accessibility for voters, there are three voting options available this year. Residents can vote electronically (by phone or online), visit advanced polling locations, or cast their vote in-person on election day Saturday, October 17.

With the election fast approaching, we’ve included a list of important dates to put in your calendar:

  • Last day to get on the Voters’ List for electronic voting is October 5.
  • Telephone and electronic voting will run from October 6 to October 14.
  • Advanced Polling dates are October 10 and October 13.
  • Election Day will take place on Saturday, October 17.


How Do I Register to Vote?

All voters need to be registered on the Voters’ List. To confirm, update, or add your information to the Voters’ List call 902-490-VOTE (8683), email election@halifax.ca or register at your polling station, by October 5th. If you are unsure of whether or not you are already registered, click here to check your status.

To vote electronically, you will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN will be mailed to you in your Voters’ Information Letter. Call 902-490-VOTE (8683) for more information.


For further information on voting procedures and candidate details, follow the links below: