Press release No. 3 – General election of April 7, 2014 - “Novelties” for the 2014 election: more services for students and more generous public financing

March 5, 2014

Quebec City, March 5, 2014 –There is a new feature if we compare the current election to September 2012: students will be able to vote at their educational institution. Furthermore, for the first time, authorized political parties and independent candidates will receive supplementary public financing given that this is an election year.

 

Revision and voting in educational institutions

 

Revision of the list of electors and voting in educational institutions will take place in vocational training centres and postsecondary educational institutions (CEGEPS, colleges and universities) with a minimum of 300 student voters. According to estimates by the Chief Electoral Officer, more than 400,000 students will be affected by the new measure. More than 300 polling stations will be open in about 175 educational establishments.

 

Revision and voting are reserved for students attending targeted institutions. To be admissible, a student must be registered for part-time or full-time studies in the educational institution in question.

 

Students will not have to provide proof of their student status. They will however have to prove their identity, like other electors, by providing one of the five admissible identity documents.

 

Revision and voting in educational institutions will take place on March 28, and April 1,2,3 2:00 p.m.In short, the new mechanism will be available on the same days as for voting at the office of the returning officer, except on Saturday, April 5.

 

New provisions concerning financing

 

Among other important novelties, if we compare the 2014 election to the election of 2012, we will note changes to the Election Act as regards the financing of authorized political parties and independent candidates. It will be recalled that the maximum allowable contribution to a party or an independent candidate is now $100, rather than $1,000. However, for the current electoral period and in the 90 days that follow, an elector may contribute an additional amount of $100 or less.

 

The contribution matching mechanism will be applied in a different manner, making it possible for a political party that collected 220 000 $ in contributions since the beginning of 2014 to start benefiting from it again.

 

Furthermore, the annual allowance that the Chief Electoral Officer pays to political parties based on the number votes obtained in the previous election has also been increased, with the base amount to be shared by the parties expanding by $5.9 M, i.e. a sum of $1 per elector. Consequently, all political parties authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer at the beginning of this election period will soon receive a lump sum; the four parties represented in the National Assembly will receive the following amounts:

 

-          Parti québécois: $1,897,068

-          Parti libéral du Québec: $1,852,509

-          Coalition avenir Québec: $1,606,500

-          Québec solidaire: $358,137

 

Further details concerning the new provisions governing financing are outlined in press release No. 4: Election expenses and political contributions: rules to respect.

 

For more information, you may also visit the website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca .

 

 

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