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 duration of the campaign, the date of the election, advanced polling days and the deadline for candidates to submit their names to be up for election. Once the elections are over and the votes tallied, writs are returned to the Chief Electoral Officer with the official count and name of the winning candidates on them.