Legislative Review of the Elections Act, 1991

Overview

The election process in Newfoundland and Labrador is administered under the authority of the Elections Act, 1991. The Act is now 30 years old and needs to be updated. The COVID-19 pandemic stressed this point, bringing to light the potential issues with the voting process outlined in the legislation.

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is reviewing the Elections Act, 1991  to find ways to update it. This past winter the Department hosted an online questionnaire on engageNL which identified many of the issues related to the provincial voting process in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Department now wishes to gather ideas on how the legislation can be improved. This information will be used to help modernize the Elections Act, 1991, making voting a more accessible process for all. 

Members of All-Party Committee to Modernize the Elections Act Confirmed

All-Party Committee Established to Modernize the Elections Act

Get Involved 

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is hosting a series of sessions over the coming months to gather information on how to improve the provincial voting process in Newfoundland and Labrador. A list of scheduled sessions can be found below. Additional sessions across the province will be added as dates and locations are confirmed.
 
DateTime LocationRegistration Link
Monday, August 15, 20227:00 - 9:00 PMTwo Seasons Inn, Labrador City

Labrador City Session Registration

Tuesday, August 16, 20227:00 - 9:00 PMCNA Happy Valley-Goose Bay Campus

Happy Valley-Goose Bay Session Registration

Thursday, August 18, 20227:00 - 9:00 PMTorngat Mountains and Labrador - General Public Virtual SessionVirtual Session Registration
Tuesday, September 13, 20227:00 - 9:00 PMCNA Grand Falls-Windsor CampusGrand Falls - Windsor Session Registration
Wednesday, September 14, 20227:00 - 9:00 PMClarenville InnClarenville Session Registration

 

We thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions related to these sessions please contact Nicole Porter at nicoleporter@gov.nl.ca or 709-729-1336.

How will your input be used?

The information received will be analyzed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety and a review provided to the All Party Committee to Modernize the Elections Act, 1991. All feedback will be considered when reviewing the Elections Act, 1991 to inform potential changes to the legislation.

Privacy Statement

The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on the Elections Act, 1991. Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of informing participants of public engagement results at the end of the process.
 

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Nicole Porter at nicoleporter@gov.nl.ca or 709-729-1336.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the Elections Act, 1991, please contact: Nicole Porter at nicoleporter@gov.nl.ca or 709-729-1336.