The Register of Electors is a database of Nova Scotians who are qualified to vote in provincial elections. It includes the name, date of birth, sex, civic address, and mailing address and whether the elector voted in the latest general election. ENS continually updates the register based on data received from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Vital Statistics, extracts of the National Register of Electors from Elections Canada, and through local governments when they use an extract of the register for their elections. An elector’s civic address determines the electoral district and polling division in which they reside and the polling location where they vote.
The Register of Electors may only be used for electoral purposes. At the start of the 39th Provincial General Election, the Register included 709,450 registered electors, approximately 93% of the eligible voting population of Nova Scotia.
Young Nova Scotians who have not voted in a provincial election is difficult. In 2011, the House of Assembly made provision in the Elections Act that authorizes Elections Nova Scotia to gather and maintain information about 16 and 17 year olds who would qualify as electors when they become 18 years of age. As well, it provides for Elections Nova Scotia to be provided the personal information held by a public body as required to create, revise, or update the Register of Electors.
Once high school students graduate and leave their family home to work or for post-secondary education, it is very difficult to reach them for registration purposes. Elections Nova Scotia, with the cooperation of the Department of Education and Nova Scotia School Boards, is devising a program to reach students in Nova Scotia schools who are currently 16 years of age or older in anticipation of adding them to the Register of Electors when they become eligible.
The intent of the program is to address the large gap between electors 18-24 years of age and older Nova Scotian electors.
What this means is that schools will now share 16 and 17 year old student information with Elections Nova Scotia so that these students are now put on the electoral database. Please know that students may opt out of this list once they have put put on it.
If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact Elections Nova Scotia.