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Understanding voting

Voting is a simple act that keeps democracy alive. Here is all you need to know about voting.

Why vote?

Are you hesitant to get out and vote? Let us explain why this seemingly small act is so important.

How do I vote?

Find out how to vote in six simple steps, from the moment you arrive at the polling station to the moment you put your ballot in the box.

Deciding who to vote for

You need information to make your decision. It’s your responsibility to find it! Here are a few things to think about to help you decide.

Four hours to vote

On polling day, your employer must give you at least four consecutive hours to vote, with no reduction in pay or other penalty.

Partisan publicity and persons allowed on polling station premises

Polling locations must be neutral and impartial. You should not be pressured or influenced when you go there to vote.

History of the right to vote in Québec

The right to vote in Quebec has evolved gradually over the years. Its history has been punctuated by many advances and a few setbacks. Here are the pivotal stages of its evolution.

Right of Québec women to vote and to stand for office

Enrich your knowledge of the long quest of Quebec women for political equality.

Rejected ballots

Find out why a ballot may be rejected during the counting of votes and how Québec deals with blank votes and spoiled ballots.

The use of a lead pencil for voting

Learn why the Election Act requires the use of a lead pencil at polling stations.

The reporting of provincial election results

Election results are reported on election day, after polling stations close. However, the results released on election night are preliminary. Official results are released a few days later, following the addition of the votes and once the deadline to apply for a judicial recount has passed.

Other resources

Want to know more? Follow the links below to understand other aspects of Quebec's democracy.