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Chief Electoral Officer

Summary

On December 9, 2022, the Assemblée nationale du Québec unanimously appointed Jean-François Blanchet  as Chief Electoral Officer. His seven-year term begins on January 16, 2023. Mr. Blanchet is also the Chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale.

A brief bio of the Chief Electoral Officer

Jean-François Blanchet

Jean-François Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer and Chairman of the Commission de la représentation électorale

Mr. Blanchet worked for 33 years at Élections Québec before becoming Chief Electoral Officer and Chairman of the Commission de la représentation électorale. Throughout his career, he acquired an in-depth knowledge of information technology and the electoral process.

From 2015 to 2022, Blanchet served as Director of Electoral Operations and Assistant to the Chief Electoral Officer. As the head of the administrative unit whose main purpose was to organize provincial elections, his mandate was to modernize election processes and to facilitate the exercise of the electors’ right to vote, in particular by proposing amendments to electoral and referendum legislation. He also oversaw the returning officers of the 125 electoral divisions in Québec.

He previously worked for 25 years in the field of election-related information technology. He has held management positions for 10 years in this field.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Blanchet has participated in a dozen international electoral observation and best practice exchange missions.

Speeches (in French)

Mr. Blanchet has made numerous speeches as Chief Electoral Officer. The following list provides his key presentations:

Other resources

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