NDP Leadership 2017: Frequently Asked Questions.

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

Who is eligible to vote in the 2017 Leadership race?

All members in good standing as of August 17th, 2017 are eligible to vote.

I have recently moved and am worried I won't receive my voting package. What can I do?

Email membership@ndp.ca to let us know of any changes to your mailing address by August 17th and we will ensure the correct address is added to our system.

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.

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.

The pre-paid envelope I received in my voting package got damaged. Can I still vote?

Yes, but not by mail. If part of your voting package is lost or damaged (the ballot itself, or the return envelope), you will have to vote online.

I lost my voting package but still want to vote by mail. Is this possible?

No. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to send out replacement voting packages. If you have lost your ballot, you will have to vote online.

I lost my password. Is there a way to get a new one?

Yes. There will be a process in place to deal with replacing lost credentials. This information will become public once the process has been confirmed.

I voted via mail-in ballot and now I want to change my vote. Is that possible?

No. Once your mail-in ballot is received, your vote is locked in. If you want the ability to change your vote in each voting round, you must vote online.

I just voted online, but now I want to change my vote. Is this possible?

Only once a new voting round begins. Once you vote online in any given round, your vote is locked in and cannot be changed. Once the current voting round ends, the results will be announced and if needed, a new round of voting will begin. Voters who voted online will then be able to log back onto the website and change their vote, if desired, for the next voting round.

I voted online in round one, but then I went on vacation and forgot to log back in to vote again in round two. Does this mean my vote no longer counts?

No. Although online voters are able to change their vote in subsequent rounds, this is not required. If you don’t log in and change your vote in subsequent voting rounds, your vote from the initial round will stand.