Exercising the right to vote in the school elections of November 2 - The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec issues a reminder to electors that being entered on the list of electors is required in order to vote

October 30, 2014

Quebec City, October 29, 2014 – A few days before polling begins for the general school elections of November 2, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Lucie Fiset, is reaching out to electors to remind them that they must be entered on the list of electors to exercise their right to vote.

In accordance with the Act respecting school elections (ASE), a notice of registration was sent to electors of each school board and it was incumbent upon them to verify the conformity of their entry on the list. The notice also informed electors of how to make changes to their entry on the list and how to register if applicable. Modifications or registration could be carried out until October 14 at 10 p.m.  

This reminder is being issued to point out that contrary to certain information that has recently circulated, an elector whose name is not on the list of electors of the school board in which he or she wishes to exercise the right to vote may not vote by presenting the deputy returning officer with an election notice and two pieces of identification. This is incorrect. Being entered on the list of electors is a pre-requisite to exercising one’s right to vote.

The Chief Electoral Officer sent out a letter today to all returning officers who will administer polling on November 2 to remind them of the rules as regards admitting an elector to vote. This letter can be found on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec at http://electionsquebec.qc.ca/documents/pdf/scolaire/elecscoldroitvote.pdf.

Primary responsibility for the school election lies with the returning officer of each Québec school board. The Ministre de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport is in charge of applying the Act respecting school elections (ASE). The Chief Electoral Officer supports the electoral process in various ways, including by reminding all electors and stakeholders involved of the main rules to be respected, which are found in the ASE.


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Categories : School Board, General elections, DGE

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