Press release No. 9 – By-election of June 11, 2012 in Argenteuil and LaFontaine - Various procedures are available for electors wishing to exercise their right to vote

May 30, 2012

Quebec City, May 30, 2012 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, reminds electors in the electoral division of Bonaventure that there are various ways for them to exercise their right to vote in the by-election of June 11, to be held in the electoral divisions of Argenteuil and LaFontaine. Mr. Drouin also reminds them that registration on the list of electors is a pre-requisite for exercising their right to vote. Duly registered electors can then vote on polling day or at an advance poll, a mobile polling station or at the office of the returning officer. Furthermore, it’s at the office of the returning officer that they will be entitled to vote for a candidate from their home electoral division, while temporarily residing in another.

“Exercising the right to vote is a precious right enabling electors to play an important role in our democracy,” Mr. Drouin points out. “I would therefore invite all electors of the electoral division to take advantage of the privilege that they have of being able to vote.”

Advance polling

Advance polling will take place on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4, from9:30 a.m.to8:00 p.m.

Electors wishing to vote in this way must remember that there are fewer polling stations at their disposal than there are during ordinary voting and that there may sometimes be a certain wait. Past election experience has also shown that these slowdowns are more likely to occur when polling stations first open. 

To learn the address of the advance polling station assigned to them, electors may consult the special section dedicated to by-elections on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca, or contact the Information Centre at:

1-888-ELECTION (1-888-353-2846) or

1-800-537-0644 – telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD).

Advance polling will also take place at a certain number of health-care facilities and residences for the elderly registered with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

Voting at the office of the returning officer

As is now standard procedure during provincial elections, voting at the main office or at a branch office of the returning officer is an option for electors, who may do so on June 1, 5 and 6 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to9:00 p.m., on June 2 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on June 7, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s at the same location and under the same schedule that it will be possible for an elector to vote for a candidate from his home electoral division, while temporarily residing in another. For more information on this new way of voting, it’s possible to consult the news release published by the DGE on May 24. This document is accessible on the Chief electoral officer’s website at the address: http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/francais/actualite-detail.php?id=4166

Mobile polling

On the same days as voting at the office of the returning officer, mobile polling will also take place, either domiciliary voting or voting at a residential facility. In order to receive a visit from electoral personnel, electors must have filed an application for the service with the returning officer. However, an elector residing at a residential facility may ask to exercise his right to vote when the election officers are on site if this elector is registered on the electoral list at the address of the facility.

Voting on polling day (“ordinary” voting)

OnJune 11, 2012, polling stations will receive electors from9:30 a.m.to8:00 p.m.

Identifying electors

It is now standard procedure: electors must provide proof of identity in order to exercise their right to vote, no matter where they choose to do so. Proof of identity may be established by presenting any one of the following documents: 

  •    Québec health insurance card
  •    driver's licence
  •    Canadian passport
  •    certificate of Indian Status or
  •    Canadian Armed Forces ID.

For more information…

To obtain more information concerning the exercise of one’s right to vote, please consult the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.

You can also contact the Information Centre at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer by dialling the aforementioned telephone numbers, weekdays from9:00 a.m.to6:00 p.m., and weekends fromnoonto5:00 p.m.It should be noticed that the Information Center will receive calls from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 3 and 4 for the advance polling and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on June 11, the polling day.

 

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