Citizen round table: the inaugural meeting was productive

February 2, 2018

On November 10, 2017, the members of the Citizen round table held their inaugural meeting. Tying in with our efforts to give voters a central role in the electoral system, this advisory committee began its work with a high level of motivation and the firm desire to contribute to the vitality of our democracy, as can be seen by reading the minutes of the meeting, which are now available online.

Dynamic members from all regions of Québec

Appointed on October 13 by the Chief Electoral Officer based on a selection committee’s recommendations, the 12 members of the round table took an active part in workshops focusing on the experience of electors and voting accessibility.

The round table members identified the following areas to analyze:

  • Election information sent to voters, including information on available voting options.
  • The long distances that some people have to travel when voting in advance polls and/or in non-urban regions.
  • The requirement to go to a polling stationWaiting times at polling stations.
  • The instructions given to voters at polling stations.
  • The lack of centralized information on candidates.

The round table members will take a closer look at these issues at their next meeting (February 9) and will seek concrete solutions.

Mandate

It should be noted that the Citizen round table is a forum of deliberation and discussion that aims to provide the Directeur général des élections du Québec with voter feedback on topics such as voting rights and ways to increase turnout. The members are tasked with briefing our organization on the concerns of Québec voters. They are expected to voice their opinions in a non-partisan and impartial way in the best interest of all Quebecers.

Citizen round table: key facts

  • Six women and six men from all age groups and all regions of Québec
  • Discussion, deliberation and dynamic exchanges
  • Two to three meetings per year
  • Two-year term, renewable once
  • Work is made public

For further information

For further information, please consult the Citizen round table’s webpage. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1 888 ÉLECTION (1 888 353-2846) or send us an email (info@electionsquebec.qc.ca).



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