NDP Leadership 2017: Frequently Asked Questions
Leadership Voting Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to vote in the 2017 Leadership race?
All members in good standing as of August 17, 2017 are eligible to vote.
How will voters receive their credentials?
All eligible voters will be mailed via Canada Post a voting package that will include: a) an online password and instructions on how to vote online; b) a paper ballot; and c) a pre-paid return envelope for mailing back your ballot should you choose to vote in this way. We will not be emailing voting packages or information to voters.
What is included in my voting package?
Your voting package contains:
- A piece of paper with instructions on how to vote online including your unique password.
- A paper ballot including instructions on how to vote by mail.
- A prepaid, return envelope for your paper ballot. This envelope has a unique QR code that will be scanned when we receive your ballot.
Hang on to all three pieces until you’re ready to cast your vote. If you’re voting online, make sure to hold on to your unique password until the last round of voting has finished.
How do I vote online?
Log in at vote.ndp.ca at any time between 10 AM EDT on September 18 and 2 PM EDT on October 1 to cast your vote. Rank the candidates in order of preference. Once you submit your choices, you can’t change your vote again until the next round of voting opens. You need your unique password in order to vote. Do not vote using anyone else’s password.
If there is a second ballot, you will be able to log in and change your candidate rankings between 10 AM EDT on October 2 and 2 PM EDT on October 8, if you choose to do so. Voters who do not log in again and change their votes will have their selection from the previous round stand.
If there is a third ballot, you will be able to log in and change your candidate rankings between 10 AM EDT on October 9 and 2 PM EDT on October 15, if you choose to do so. Voters who do not log in again and change their votes will have their selection from the previous round stand.
Do I need to vote in every round/on every ballot?
No. If you vote online on the first ballot, your candidate rankings will stand on the second and third ballots, unless you choose to change them.
I just voted online, and then my wife/brother/other family member tried to vote and it says they already voted.
The reason this has happened is because the first individual who cast their ballot did not log out of the system. There are two simple solutions:
- Log back in with the first set of credentials and click the LOGOUT button on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
- Completely close your web browser and re-open. This should automatically log the first individual out. REMEMBER: You must close the program, not just close the tab.
How do I vote by mail?
Rank your preferences from one to four by filling in the entire circle next to each candidate in pen. Do not mark your ballot in any other way. Do not scribble out, cross out, or erase marks on your ballot. Do not write your name on your ballot.
The envelope we’ve included for your mail-in ballot is marked with a unique QR code. Only ballots that arrive sealed in the envelope provided will be counted.
Each ballot needs to arrive in its own envelope. Do not put multiple ballots or anyone else’s ballot into your envelope.
Do not enclose money or anything else aside from your paper ballot in your envelope. Do not write on your envelope. Do not use any envelope other than the one provided to you.
We want to make sure your vote counts – that’s why we ask that you put your ballot in the mail right away to make sure it arrives in time. If your ballot does not arrive by 5 PM EDT on Friday, September 29, your vote will not be recorded for the first ballot and will only count in subsequent rounds. If you are worried your ballot will not arrive on time, please vote online.
There are several people in my household who are members and plan to vote by mail. Can we mail all our ballots in the same envelope?
No. Each ballot must be sent in its own pre-paid envelope provided in your voting package. Envelopes with multiple ballots inside will not be counted. Ballots mailed in a normal envelope will also not be counted.
I sent in a paper ballot. Can I still vote online?
When you click submit online, or when your envelope arrives and your unique voter ID is scanned, your vote will be registered. Once we register your paper ballot, you will not be able to vote online in any round of voting.
I don’t see my name or an ID number on the return envelope. How will you know it was me who sent in the ballot?
If you take a look at the back of the return envelope provided in your voting package you will notice a small QR code (its like a barcode but square). This QR code is linked to your unique Elector ID. Once your ballot is received by our voting vendor in Montreal, they will scan this code which will automatically update our system to indicate that you have voted. The envelope will then be securely stored until it is opened for counting at the end of the voting process.
Do I have to rank all four candidates, or can I just vote for my preferred candidate?
You can rank any of the four candidates in any order you want, meaning you can choose to rank one, two, three, or all four candidates. However, we recommend ranking all four candidates to make sure you have your say in every round of voting.
I haven’t received my voting package in the mail. What do I do?
Voting packages were sent beginning the week of September 5, and we expect most members will receive their package by Friday, September 15. If you have not received your package by September 15, please contact our Leadership Vote Helpline at 1-866-574-7088 as soon as possible. They will help you get new credentials so that you can vote online.
I lost or destroyed my voting package. What do I do?
Call our Leadership Vote Helpline at 1-866-574-7088. They will help you get new credentials so that you can vote online.
I lost or damaged my paper ballot. Can I get a new one?
Unfortunately, no. Use the unique password provided in your voting package and vote online. If this is also destroyed, call our Leadership Vote Helpline at 1-866-574-7088. They will help you get new credentials so that you can vote online.
How do I know if I'm an NDP member?
Membership is shared between most provincial and territorial parties and the federal party. Being a member means that you’re a member of the provincial or territorial party where you live as well as the federal party, except in Quebec, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
If you’ve signed up to be a member through Canada’s NDP or a leadership campaign in the last year, or are a member in good standing of your provincial or territorial NDP (except in QC, NT, and NU),you’re a member at the federal level and can vote in our leadership race.
If you’re not sure whether you’re a member, there are a few things you can do:
- If you’re a subscriber to our email list, look out for an email from us on August 12, and another on August 16 confirming your membership. You can subscribe by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
- If you signed up online through ndp.ca, you can fill out this form.
- If you signed up recently with a provincial or territorial office or with a leadership campaign, you can follow up with them to ensure your membership forms have been submitted.
If I'm a member of my provincial NDP, am I member of the Federal NDP (and vice-versa)?
Yes, except in Quebec, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
If you have signed up with a provincial or territorial NDP, you are a member of the federal NDP. If you have signed up at the federal level, you are also a member of the provincial or territorial NDP party in your place of residence.
People in Quebec wishing to be a member of the federal NDP have to join Canada’s NDP directly through ndp.ca/join or a leadership campaign.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Membership fees are set at the provincial and territorial level, and range from $0-$25 per year, depending on where you live.
Does donating to the Party mean I automatically become a member?
No. You need to confirm your intention to become a member by signing a membership declaration and paying a membership fee.
What if I'm on a PAC (pre-authorized contribution/monthly donation)?
Though some members have set up their PAC to include a monthly deduction toward their yearly membership fee, others haven’t. Being on PAC does not necessarily mean you are also a member.
Do I have to renew my membership?
Yes. Other than members paying monthly as part of their PAC, Québec multiple-year members, provincial members in Newfoundland and Labrador, and provincial lifetime members, memberships expire yearly and need to be renewed to be current.
How is my membership processed?
Memberships that come in online through ndp.ca, including through leadership candidate websites, are processed in our Ottawa office. This process takes about two weeks, but may take longer at high volume times, such as right before the August 17 deadline. All memberships submitted by midnight on August 17th will be processed in time to allow those members to vote in the leadership race.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
Benefits of your membership include:
- Voting in our upcoming leadership race
- Participating in conventions and influencing party policies and outreach
- Being part of a team of amazing activists working together to build a better Canada