Home > Special Ballot WILL YOU BE AWAY DURING THE ELECTION PERIOD? A Special Ballot is a means for an elector to cast a ballot in the upcoming Calgary Lougheed by-election, if he or she is unable to vote during the advance polls or on polling day. A Special Ballot can be sent to the elector, on request, or the elector can vote at the Returning Officer’s office. A Special Ballot can be requested from the time the Writ of Election is issued until the polls close on polling day. A properly completed Special Ballot package with a copy of identification must be returned to the returning officer before the close of polls on polling day in order for it to be counted. It's as easy as 1-2-3. Just Request, Receive and Return! For more information about Special Ballots, please click here to download A Guide for Use of the Special Ballot Poll (pdf format).