Tomorrow is Election Day in Nova Scotia

The past month has flown by. Keith has steadily knocked on doors from Caledonia Road in Dartmouth to Myra Road in Porters Lake. The reception has been warm, and the support has been amazing, thank you for that.

Tomorrow, Nova Scotian’s decide on the direction we all take over the next four years. Ralph Surette, freelance journalist said it well when he wrote “No matter how hard you try to torque it otherwise, the keys to stability are financial discipline, restraint in public sector wage increases and avoiding expensive economic development schemes that backfire.” We have accomplished this, and this is where we need to be.

You can read the entire piece here.

In the last 29 days, we’ve worked hard to communicate our message to the voters of this diverse riding. If you’ve worked with Keith, you will know the value he delivers to the constituency and to Cabinet.

If you are yet undecided, please look through the content we’ve provided through our website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube sites. We’ve shared conversations with Keith, and his supporters. We’ve presented endorsements on Keith’s record, and presented the Liberal plan in fully costed platform, on the strength of our second consecutive balanced budget.

We ask for your support tomorrow. Please vote, and make that vote count by sending Keith back to the Nova Scotia Legislature.

The absolute best thing for the riding of Preston-Dartmouth is the re-election of Keith Colwell as our MLA.


We’re not taking this campaign for granted, we ask the same of our supporters.

We started canvassing in early May, we’re very encouraged and so pleased to hear of the continued support for Keith in Preston-Dartmouth. When I consider an alternative outcome, I am filled with an urgency to ensure Keith’s support turns out at the polls. We don’t consider any election to be a gimme. We’re canvassing hard, and Keith is knocking on as many doors as possible. We’ve happily installed many lawn signs and continue to deliver and install more everyday. We’re delivering our message to all the homes in the riding through Canada Post, and at the doors.

Keith has lived, and has been MLA for this area for a long time. He has a network of contacts throughout government to get things done. He knows who to call. He knows what action to take, and he, Maxine and Carole operate a machine of an office in the Constituency. Even in his duel Cabinet role, Keith is still very connected to the riding, and is here every Monday and Friday if he’s not promoting Nova Scotia Seafood or Agriculture exports in another time-zone.

One thing I’ve learned about Keith Colwell is he’s never the first one to push back his chair, or wind down a conversation, and spends as much time with a stakeholder as is needed. Quality time. When Keith canvasses a neighbourhood, he’s not watching the clock. It’s not a race to reach every door, but an effort to spend quality time with a family who is interested and engaged.

Keith takes his job very seriously, and often speaks of past conversations with his Federal brethren while both were in opposition, expounding on what they could achieve if they were both in office simultaneously. Well, since 2015 the Federal Liberals and the Provincial Liberals have acted quickly, and cooperation is winning the day. I see it everyday. Another majority Liberal Government in Nova Scotia is the absolute best thing that could happen in this election. The re-election of Keith Colwell in this riding of Preston-Dartmouth is the absolute best thing for our communities from Porters Lake to Lake Echo to East Preston to Lake Loon and Cherry Brook, to North Preston, Westphal and all the way to Caledonia Road in Dartmouth.

If you know Keith, you know what I am speaking about. If you’ve worked with Keith, you know what I am speaking about. If you’ve worked opposite Keith, you know what I am speaking about.

If you need to drive to the Advance Polls opening on Saturday, please call. If you need help to get to the voting booth on election day, please call. It is so important for our very immediate future, i.e. the next 4 years, that Keith’s supporters cast their vote. We’re not taking this campaign for granted, we ask the same of you.

Please vote in this election on, or by May 30th, and please make that vote count by voting Keith Colwell, Preston-Dartmouth.

Mark MacPhail
Campaign to Re-Elect Keith Colwell

Advance Polls

For those who wish to vote early, Elections Nova Scotia sets aside seven days of advance polls.  You may vote at any advance poll in the province.  The advance polls are open on Saturday to Saturday (closed Sunday) immediately before election day, from 9am to 6pm (open until 8pm on Thursday and Friday).

MAY 20 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

East Preston Recreation Center 24 Brooks Dr East Preston (5 min, 5.5 km) Open Saturday May 20, 2017 to Saturday May 27, 2017, 9am – 6pm. Thursday May 25 and Friday May 26, 9am – 8pm. Closed Sunday.

Quick Facts:

You can vote at any early voting poll location in NS
For more information on how and where you can vote, please click here.

Returning Office Opens in Preston-Dartmouth

You can already vote at any Returning Office in the Province.

The Preston-Dartmouth Returning Office opened on May 2nd at the former City Heights Church located at 946 Highway #7, in Westphal.

If you didn’t know, each of the 51 Returning Officers in the province, reside in their respective district, and each is appointed by Nova Scotia’s Chief Electoral Officer. They administer the electoral process in the district and are impartial and non-partisan.

The Returning Office is the heart of the election in any district and must conduct the election according to the standards of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Elections Act.

It’s out of the Returning Office that election staff are appointed and trained. They also keep the List of Electors for each polling division up to date and available, as well as revising it during and between elections.

During an election, the District Returning Office registers new voters who may have turned 18 since the last election, or new residents having been in the province for 6 months since the election call on Sunday, April 30th.

The Preston-Dartmouth Returning office is at 946 Main Street. The full address and phone number is below.

To find any other Returning Office in the province, enter your postal code or address in the Where Do I Vote? link below. It will take you to Web Application on Elections Nova Scotia’s website.

Where do I Vote?

In the offseason, as it were, the Returning Officers undertake projects as directed by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Preston-Dartmouth District 18 Returning Office
946 Highway 7,
Westphal, NS
B2W 3V3

Returning Officer
Brenda Brushett


Did you know there’s a dozen different ways to vote in Nova Scotia?

A Dozen Ways To Vote

It’s Easy to Vote in Nova Scotia Provincial Elections. 

Under the Elections Act, there are a dozen ways to vote in Nova Scotia provincial elections and options for how and when you may vote. For example, during an election, you may vote on any day of the week except Sundays and the Monday before election day.

Here are the many different ways of voting.

1. Vote at Your Polling Station on Election Day

Most voters will vote on election day, always a Tuesday, from 8 am to 8 pm.  There are three ways to find out where your polling station is:

  1. Check the Voter Information Card you receive in the mail,
  2. Enter your postal code or address in the Where Do I Vote? application on Elections Nova Scotia’s website at Where do I Vote?
  3. Phone Elections Nova Scotia toll free at 1 800 565 1504 or TTY 1 866 774 7074

Polling locations will have level access for wheelchairs, and tools and services to assist those who have vision or hearing difficulties.  If you have a disability and need assistance in voting, check with your returning office ahead of time to make arrangements.  In the rare event that your assigned polling location does not have the facilities you need, they will transfer you to one that does.

2. Vote at an Advance Poll

For those who wish to vote early, Elections Nova Scotia sets aside seven days of advance polls.  You may vote at any advance poll in the province.  The advance polls are open on Saturday to Saturday (closed Sunday) immediately before election day, from 9am to 6pm (open until 8pm on Thursday and Friday).

To find out where your advance poll is in your electoral district, check the Voter Information Card you receive in the mail, visit the Elections Nova Scotia website or contact us by phone.

3. Vote at the Continuous Poll at Your Returning Office

You can vote at the returning office in your electoral district from 9 am to 6 pm every day except Sundays up to and including the Thursday before election day.

The ballot you will be given is a write-in-ballot on which you will be required to write on the ballot either the name of the candidate or the registered party you wish to vote for.

4. Vote at an Out-of-District Poll at any Returning Office in Nova Scotia

You can vote by write-in ballot at any returning office in the province from 9 am to 6pm every day except Sundays up to and including the Thursday before election day.

To vote by write-in ballot at a returning office, you will complete a write-in ballot application and, once your application has been approved, you will be given a write-in ballot.

5. Vote at Home

If you cannot get to your polling station or your returning office you may vote by write-in ballot by obtaining and completing an application after an election has been called. Once your application is approved, you will be given a write-in ballot. Call your returning office or Elections Nova Scotia for assistance.

If you feel you need help applying for a write-in ballot, there are two options open to you:

  1. Ask a neighbour, family member, care giver or friend to act as your agent in applying for and voting by write-in ballot; or
  2. Make an appointment through your local returning office for a write-in ballot team to visit your home andassist you with voting by write-in ballot.

6. Vote in Residential Centres

All returning officers make arrangements for mobile poll visits on election day to seniors’ residences, long-term care facilities and other institutions with ten or more resident electors.

If you live in a residential centre with fewer than ten residents, your local returning officer will make arrangements with the administrator for a Write-In Ballot team to visit the facility to assist you to vote by Write-in Ballot before election day.

Contact the administrator of your facility for more information on the date and time.

7. Vote when you live at a Shelter

If you are temporarily staying in shelter and need the protection of anonymity, contact Elections Nova Scotia or your local returning office for assistance.  You will be able to vote by write-in ballot with the assistance of a write-In ballot coordinator team and your name and location will be held in confidence.

If you are homeless with no permanent residence, the Elections Act provides that your quarters at registration time – a shelter, hostel or other place that provides food, lodging or social services – may be considered your residence. When an election is called, returning officers will contact the administrators of shelters to inform residents that, if they wish to vote, they may use the shelter as their “place of residence” if they are otherwise qualified as electors. A poster at the shelter will have the location of the appropriate polling locations. When registering to vote, you will be required to complete an application to be added to the list of electors and will be asked for identification with your name and signature.

8. Vote by Mail Outside Nova Scotia

Eligible Nova Scotia electors who are living temporarily outside Nova Scotia are able to vote by mail from outside the province.  After an election has been called, visit the Elections Nova Scotia website or contact us by phone for an application to vote by write-in ballot.  Don’t wait to initiate this process because the last day to apply for a write-in ballot by mail or courier is ten days before election day.  To be counted, your completed ballot must be received at your local returning office by close of polls (8 pm) on election day.

9. Vote at University or Community College

If you are a post-secondary student, like other Nova Scotia voters you must vote in the electoral district in which your principal residence is located.  Since many college and university students have two residences – one when at school, and one when not at school – students can choose one or the other as principal residence for the purposes of Nova Scotia elections.  You can then vote on election day, at the advance polls, the continuous poll, the out-of-district poll or by mail as described above.  Visit the Elections Nova Scotia website or contact us by phone for more details.

10.   Vote in Hospital

If you are temporarily in hospital during a Nova Scotia election, you can vote by write-in ballot. Write-in ballot teams will visit hospitals on designated days between 10 am and 7 pm during the week before election day. Check with the hospital staff for the dates and times of visits to the hospital.

11.    Military Electors Posted Outside Nova Scotia

Qualified Nova Scotia electors, who are away on duty aboard ship, at a Canadian Forces base in Canada, or serving out of country when a provincial election is called, may vote by write-in ballot.  Although the time lines for voting are tight, plans are in place to assist serving members in meeting them.

During a provincial general election, Elections Nova Scotia will contact the Judge Advocate General’s office which will send a message to all units of the Canadian Forces to inform them of the election, the eligibility requirements for voting, and the process for applying to vote by write-in ballot.

During a by-election, Elections Nova Scotia advertises within the province to alert friends and relatives to advise eligible members of the Canadian Forces to apply for a write-in ballot after an election is called and the key dates for applying and returning their ballot.

For voting purposes, if the serving member of the Canadian Forces has lived in Nova Scotia at least six months and intends to return at the end of their duty, their residence is their current Nova Scotia address or failing that, the place they declared in their Canadian Forces Statement of Ordinary Residence.  Their mailing address for purpose of receiving the write-in ballot kit is the address of the ship or base to which they are posted.

12.  Incarcerated Nova Scotia electors Inside and Outside Nova Scotia

Immediately following the election call, Elections Nova Scotia provides liaison officers at each provincial and federal correctional facility with brochures and write-In ballot application forms to distribute to eligible electors held in the facility.

Elections Nova Scotia receives and reviews the application forms to determine whether the elector is qualified to vote and to confirm the elector’s electoral district.  If approval criteria are met, Elections Nova Scotia will issue a write-In ballot kit for each approved elector and arrange expedient delivery to the correctional facility liaison officer in the correctional facility where the elector resides.

The elector will vote using the write-In Ballot and the liaison officer will return the ballot to Elections Nova Scotia.  Once received, the ballot is sent to the appropriate returning office where it will be counted on election day.

I love what I do!

Hello everyone,

Sometime in the next year, the Premier will call an election. I have been fortunate to be re-elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature before, and am proud to be nominated again by our Association to represent our party in this great riding of Preston-Dartmouth in the next general election, because I love what I do!

Stay tuned here for additional information.