Voter Assistance Locations

Election staff, candidates or their agents, and voters are the only persons permitted in the Voter Assistance Locations on October 17, 2022.  As such, media are not permitted within the Voter Assistance Locations.

Voting Hours

Voter Assistance Locations for the 2022 Municipal Election will be open between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022.  When the Voter Assistance Locations close, no persons will be permitted to enter, however, any voter already in the Voter Assistance Location will be allowed to vote.

Free Transit

Yellowknife Public Transit and YATS will be available for free between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to accommodate voters. Transit schedules can be found here.

Tallying the Ballots

The counting of ballots at the Voter Assistance Locations will be done using vote-counting machines, also called tabulators. Once all voters have vacated the locations, the Deputy Returning Officers and Poll Clerks will close the poll and prepare the results for processing, and print a report.


Election staff has been instructed to call in the results to the Returning Officer once ballots have been completed.  The unofficial results will be posted on the City’s website as they are called in.  Once each division has completed counting their ballots, the Deputy Returning Officer will deliver the results to City Hall.  Once all of the results have been verified, the Official Results will be posted on the City’s website, a media advisory will be released, and they will be published in the City’s weekly newsletter Capital Update.                   

Automatic Recount

Where there are two or more candidates divided by four or fewer votes, where one or more such candidates will be elected and one or more such candidates will not be elected, the Returning Officer shall conduct a recount. 

Request for Recount

If a candidate disagrees with the results of the count of votes, the candidate may, within 72 hours of the close of voting, apply in writing to the Returning Officer for a recount.  If the Returning Officer is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds, a recount will be conducted. 

Date for Recount

The date, time and place for the recount will be set by the Returning Officer who will notify all candidates who may be affected by the recount.  It should be noted that the date and time for a recount will not be set on election night.