Amendments to the Nova Scotia Elections Act will modernize provincial elections and give Nova Scotians more opportunities to cast their vote.
“This legislation is all about maintaining the integrity of our elections while improving access to the polls for voters,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab.
Changes introduced today, April 8, extend advanced voting opportunities from two to seven days and permit constituents to vote at any returning office or advanced voting location in the province.
“These changes will improve accessibility for electors and will ensure that elections in Nova Scotia are held in a transparent and impartial manner,” said Chief Electoral Officer Richard Temporale.
The ban on Election Day advertising will be lifted to adapt to the use of modern forms of advertising such as websites and social media.
Other changes include:
— an earlier close of nominations, moving back from the 14th to the 20th day before Election Day
— online and phone registration for voters will be available
— prohibiting the use of recording or communication devices to photograph marked ballots to protect against undue influence of a vote
— requirements for more timely reporting of expenses and financial reports by candidates and political parties
The amendments are based on the recommendations of the chief electoral officer following the general election held in October 2013. The recommendations have been the focus of extensive consultations by Elections Nova Scotia, including the Election Commission, government and opposition caucuses and others.
For more information on the amendments to the Elections Act, visit www.novascotia.ca/justice .