Press release No. 8 – By-election of December 9, in Outremont and Viau - Various procedures are available for electors wishing to exercise their right to vote

November 28, 2013

Quebec City, November 28, 2013 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, reminds electors that there are various ways for them to exercise their right to vote in the by-elections of December 9. 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, at their domiciles, or at the office of the returning officer.

“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 two electoral divisions to take advantage of the privilege that they have of being able to vote.”

Advance polling

Advance polling will take place on Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 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).

The address of the advance polling stations also appears on the voter information card distributed in the electoral divisions in mid-November.

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

Voting at the main office of the returning officer is also an option for electors, who may do so on November 29 and 30 and on December 3, 4 and 5. On November 29, and on December 3 and 4, the polls will be open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. On November 30, it will be possible to vote from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Finally, the office of the returning officer will be open for voting from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on December 5.

Mobile polling

On the same days, 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 the elector is registered on the electoral list at the address of the facility.

Voting on polling day (“ordinary” voting)

On December 9, polling stations will receive electors from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 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.

Special revision

Electors unable to have taken advantage of the regular revision period of the list of electors have one last chance to register on the list of electors, make a correction to their registration, or ask that their name be struck off the list. In order to carry out any of these procedures, they must come to the office of the returning officer by 2:00 p.m. on December 5, 2012, at the latest. Special revision offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Electors are invited to verify the address of the revision office that they have been assigned by visiting the website of the Chief Electoral Officer or by contacting the returning officer.

Applications for registration filed at special revision offices must be accompanied by two identity documents, including one mentioning the elector’s name and date of birth, and the other, his or her name and domiciliary address. Moreover, contrary to the procedure in effect during the regular revision period, electors must file their applications for special revision on their own behalf.

Mr. Drouin would like to remind those registering on the list of electors during the special revision period that they will not be able to exercise their right to vote through advance polling on December 1 and 2, 2013, but only on the “ordinary” polling day, i.e. on December 9, 2019, or at the office of the returning officer on the dates aforementioned.

Lastly, it is important to remember that, as opposed to the procedure in effect at the federal level, Québec’s Election Act does not allow for electors to register on the list of electors on polling day. The last date to register on the list of electors is therefore December 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

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 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 5:00 p.m. It should be noticed that the Information Center will receive calls from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 1 and 2 for the advance polling and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on December 9, the polling day.

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