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Understanding voting

Why vote?


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


Voting means:

You'd like to vote, but...

  • You lack information on candidates and political parties
  • You don’t have enough time
    • On election day, your employer must provide you four consecutive hours to vote, between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This does not take into account the time you are normally allowed for meals.
    • Advance voting gives you more flexibility on when you can vote. Check the dates (there are several) and hours of operation of the advance polling stations on the notice we sent at the beginning of the election period.
  • You are currently outside your electoral division
    • You can vote for a candidate of your electoral division in the electoral division where you are during the five day voting period at the office of the returning officer. All you need to do is visit the office of the returning officer.
  • You’ve never voted
    • Voting in elections is a good habit. Your participation helps maintain the health of our democracy.
    • To find out how the voting process works, see the description of an election in The steps to voting.

 Other voting options may also be available to you.


Parks, outdoor skating rinks, arenas, public swimming pools, bus shelters, community centres, recreation centres, libraries, etc., are all managed by municipalities. The decisions of elected municipal officials therefore have a direct impact on our daily lives. In September 2017, a law recognized municipalities as local governments.

In Quebec:

  • Over 1,100 municipalities hold elections.
  • Municipalities administer over $15 billion annually.
  • Nearly 60% of public infrastructure is the responsibility of municipalities.


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