Sixty-nine Québec School Boards to Draw Up their Electoral Maps

February 18, 2013

Quebec City, February 18, 2013 – The Chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale du Québec (CRE), Jacques Drouin, would like to remind Québec electors that sixty-nine (69) Québec school boards are required to draw up their electoral maps this year in preparation for the school elections that are scheduled on November 2, 2014. Each school board has primary responsibility for dividing its territory. The role of the CRE in this respect is to support school boards and, if necessary, carry out the division itself in certain cases envisaged by law.

 "The drawing up of the electoral map kicks off the democratic process that will culminate with the election of commissioners," explained Mr. Drouin. "In this regard, parents of children attending primary and secondary schools will be required to play a key role, just like the 5.9 million Québec electors who will be called upon to exercise their voting rights in November 2014." 

 Fair Representation

 It should be pointed out that the division of the territory is aimed at ensuring the relative equality of the votes of all electors in order to guarantee fair representation on the council of commissioners. 

 School boards also have to divide their territory into electoral divisions taking into account the division criteria defined under the Act Respecting School Elections. These criteria include the location of educational institutions, physical barriers (e.g. a river), population variations (demographic trends), municipality boundaries, the area of the school board, and distance.

 The number of electoral divisions in a school board is determined by law and will vary according to its population.

 A Step-by-Step Process

 The council of commissioners carries out the division of the territory into electoral divisions. The division process takes place in several stages and has to be completed by December 31, 2013.

 The council of commissioners adopts a division proposal and informs electors through a public notice.  Those opposed to the proposed division can express their objection in writing to the director general of the school board. If enough objections are received, the council has to hold a public meeting to hear those interested. The council of commissioners then adopts a resolution with or without modification of the initial division proposal.

 If some electors are still not satisfied, they can express their objection to the Commission de la représentation électorale. If enough objections are once again received, the CRE will hold a public consultation meeting and later proceed, if necessary, to divide the territory into electoral divisions.

 For More Information

 Anyone interested in the division of the territory of a school board into electoral divisions can obtain information from his or her school board.

 Information is also available on the Web site of the Chief Electoral Officer and Chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale, at the following address: www.electionsquebec.qc.ca. The information centre of the Chief Electoral Officer can also be reached toll free at 1-888-ELECTIONS (1-888-353-2846).



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