Vote in the upcoming election, Whitehorse!
On October 21, 2021, Whitehorse residents will elect a new Council comprised of a Mayor and six Councillors for a three-year term.
Our election information will be updated and available on our website and as part of the media outreach from early September and during the election period. Check back often and review the key dates information.
There are several ways to vote in the City of Whitehorse 2021 Municipal Election. They will be available during specific times over the election period. For the first time, Whitehorse electors can register to vote, update their registration information, and apply to vote by mail online.
- By special ballot (vote by mail or in person at special ballot polls);
- During the Advance Polls in person; and
- On Election Day in person at one of our convenient locations throughout the City.
We encourage all Whitehorse voters to participate. Your vote matters!
To vote, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen;
- Be at least 18 years old on Election Day; and
- Have been a Whitehorse resident for at least one year on Election Day.
You'll need to be registered - see all of the easy options to do this.
You can register in a number of ways for the upcoming election.
We've made it easy and convenient to register early online or in person to speed things along for voters at the polls. But remember, you can still register at all special ballot and advance polls, and on Election Day right at the voting locations.
- Use our new online voter registration service to check if you're already registered, to update your existing information, or to register. You can register or update your information online starting September 1 and until midnight on September 28.
- Register in person or update your information at the Registration Kiosk at the Canada Games Centre, on September 8, 9, 10 and 11. Check the Kiosk hours at the CGC and plan to stop by.
- Register in person at the polls – either at the advance polls, the special ballot polls or on Election Day.
- Register when you vote by Special Ballot (in person, or by mail).
Need another option? We have registration forms and assistance available at the City of Whitehorse Elections Office at City Hall. Just contact us for assistance.
To register, you will need:
- Your civic (street) address: registration is based your residential address (such as road or street and house number), not mailing address, (such as PO box). This helps identify eligible electors within the City of Whitehorse municipal boundary. If you're registering online and the information you provide matches the register information, your registration will be confirmed. If you're registering in person, we will check for you.
- Your identification: this is required to register or change your registration information.
- If your proof of identity is a copy of your Yukon Driver's License or General Identification Card, only one piece of identification is required if it shows your Date of Birth and provides proof of your Whitehorse residency.
- Using other authorized proof of identification, two (2) pieces of identification are required. See the List of authorized identification. Check that you have the right Identification if you are going to register in person when you vote at any of the polls.
If you are registering online, the identification cards or documents you upload can be scanned, photographed or sent as files. Please ensure the information can be clearly read. Your registration will be confirmed once the information is verified.
Need help registering? Need assistance to upload or send your identification? If you need help to confirm your civic address or need assistance with the online registration, please contact us!
Do you want to vote by mail? Will you be out of the City at election time? We can help.
When you vote by mail, you will vote by special ballot. You can apply for a vote by mail kit online beginning September 1.
Once you have applied to vote by mail, and the ballots are available (end of September) we will mail you a special ballot voting kit that includes everything you need to vote. You will fill out your ballot and forms and then mail it or bring it back to the City of Whitehorse using a pre-addressed return envelope.
You can apply for your vote by mail kit online. If you are applying for a vote by mail kit, please note that it will be processed and mailed out the week of September 27. Once you are issued a special ballot, you are considered to have voted and cannot then vote at the regular poll on Election Day.
Please note: Your special ballot must be received at City Hall by 2 p.m. on October 21 (Election Day) by mail or by dropping off at one of our convenient drop boxes at City Hall or the Canada Games Centre.
We've made it easy to return a ballot, and there are options to make sure you have plenty of time.
Plan to get your ballot in and have your vote counted!
In order to vote, you have to prove both your identity and address.
A Yukon driver’s licence or Yukon General Identification card are good examples.
If the address on your Identification is a post office box, please bring another piece of Identification, such as a utility bill to prove you are a resident of the City of Whitehorse.
If you don’t have photo ID, bring two documents that show your name and address, with at least one showing your birthdate. For example, a Health Care card along with a utility bill.
See the List of authorized identification for more information.
No ID? Not sure? We can still help you vote. Contact the City of Whitehorse Elections Office and we will ensure you have the opportunity.
This year, any eligible voter can vote by special ballot in the City of Whitehorse Municipal Election – no special restrictions apply!
There are a number of options for voting by special ballot:
- Vote by mail - apply online and return your special ballot by mail or drop it off
- In person - an ongoing, in-person special ballot poll will be open at City Hall from September 29 to October 21 and will be available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can register and vote right away at the special ballot poll, or bring your ballot back when you've completed it.
Secure drop boxes will also be installed at City Hall and the Canada Games Centre where completed special ballots can be dropped off without having to enter a building.
Please note: Special ballots sent through the mail must be received at City Hall or in a drop box no later than 2:00 p.m. on October 21 in order to be counted.
We are currently planning two advance polls where voters can register and vote in person.
- Thursday, October 14 at the Canada Games Centre and City Hall, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday, October 16 at the Canada Games Centre, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All the same requirements apply as on Election Day at the regular polls - you can register if you haven't already, or update your registration information, and you'll need to bring your identification.
If you are voting in person, vote where it’s convenient!
Election Day is October 21, 2021, and polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling places will be set up at:
- City Hall
- Canada Games Centre
- Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
There will also be polling places set up in neighbourhoods throughout the City. Details on specific locations and times will be provided closer to the Election Day.
If an elector is housebound or has a mobility impairment, they can request a mobile poll to visit their home. More details to come and we will ensure everyone that wants to vote, has an option.
Please note: Locations could be subject to change depending on any COVID-19 and public health measures. The City of Whitehorse Elections Office will provide updates of any changes on the website and through local and social media to ensure voters are aware and can make their plan to vote.
Special care will be taken at all polling places to ensure the health and safety of all voters and election staff and regarding COVID. Voters will be informed of all measures and any special instructions at the polling stations.