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Elections in the time of COVID-19

Summary

The current pandemic in Québec and the rest of the world affects the health habits of Quebecers. Public health authorities are calling on the public to follow health rules that could remain in force for some time yet.

In this context, Élections Québec is closely monitoring the evolution of COVID-19 and the impacts on current and future election processes. Making voting as accessible and safe as possible for everyone is at the heart of our concerns. We also seek to ensure that guidelines governing political financing activities are clear for all stakeholders.

As an institution, we continue to monitor the latest developments and best practices to conduct elections during a pandemic. Our challenge is twofold: to protect the health of electors and all stakeholders involved as well as to ensure the vitality of Québec democracy at the provincial, municipal and school board level.

Sanitary measures to protect the health of electors and all stakeholders concerned

Solutions have already been implemented to protect the safety of electors, election officers and candidates during general elections and by-elections. Given our responsibilities related to the enforcement of electoral legislation, we have worked hand in hand with the departments concerned, in collaboration with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, to develop health guidelines and measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, thereby protecting the Québec population as a whole. Our work continues, as the guidelines and measures need to be adjusted based on directives from public health authorities and on the development of the pandemic.

For more information on current measures and guidelines in force, consult the following sections. The information in those sections will be updated as the pandemic evolves, in particular following an order by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux that amend electoral legislations. It is therefore important to regularly refer to this information.

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