Ever heard someone say that the writ has dropped when a general election is called? Well, that isn’t technically correct. Many writs are issued. One per riding to be exact. AKA as a written order, a writ is a legal document that must be issued in order for an election to be held anywhere in Canada by the Chief Electoral Officer. No election can be held without a writ being issued. The writ outlines the date of the election to be held, deadline for candidates to submit their names to be up for election, and sets the date by which the name of the winning candidate needs to be returned to the Chief Electoral Officer.