Press release No. 6 – General election of April 7, 2014 - Voting by mail for electors who are temporarily absent from Québec

March 5, 2014

Quebec City, March 5, 2014 –– The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin,  wishes to inform electors from Québec that they may register as of now to vote by mail if they expect to be outside the province on election day (April 7, 2014) and during advance polling (March 30 and 31, 2014), and if they are unable to vote at the office of the returning officer on any of the following five days: March 28 and 29 and April 1,2,3, 2014.


Electors concerned by this measure have been temporarily outside Québec for a period of two years or less and intend to return to Québec. During the election, electors will be able to vote by mail provided that they are registered on the list of electors outside Québec. The registration form may be downloaded from the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at Applications must be received at the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer bymidnight ofMarch 19, 2014 at the latest.


Something new for the current election : under an agreement that was entered into between the Chief Electoral Officer and the leaders of the political parties represented at the National Assembly, an elector can register online,  scan identity documents, and authenticate his signature.  In addition, the registration form provides means to validate the information in order to avoid risks of errors when the elector capture it.


It should be noted that the period of two years or less does not apply to electors posted outside Québec by the following employers: the government of Québec, the government ofCanada, or any international agency or organization of which Québec orCanadais a member and to which one or the other pays a contribution. Nor does the aforementioned time frame apply to the spouse of the elector concerned, nor to persons in his or her care, if the latter are qualified electors. Electors posted outside Québec must provide, among other documents, a certificate attesting to their posting outside Québec.


Mr. Drouin wishes to remind all concerned that electors having left Québec within a period of two years or less may at any time register in order to vote by mail during a general election, by-election, or referendum.


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Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2014

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