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Steps in a provincial general election

  • Dissolution of the National Assembly and issue of the writ of election: Four years after the last general election, and more specifically on August 29, the National Assembly is dissolved and the members' terms of office come to an end. At this time, a writ is issued and the Chief Electoral Officer must hold an election across Québec's 125 electoral divisions. Before 2013, there was no specific date for the dissolution of the National Assembly. The 2018 provincial general election was the first one to be held on a fixed date. However, the Lieutenant-Governor has the power to dissolve the National Assembly before the four-year period has expired. In that case, an order would be issued to move the general election date ahead.
  • Preparation of the list of electors: The preparation of the list of electors is a very important operation. It is the step at which all Québec voters are invited to check whether their name is entered on the list of electors at their domicile address. If you wish to exercise your right to vote, it is your responsibility to ensure that your name is entered on the list. There are three easy ways to check your entry :
  • Filing nomination papers as a candidate: In each of the province's 125 electoral divisions, citizens who decide to run for a political party or as an independent candidate must meet the requirements and file their nomination papers before the deadline set by the Election Act.
  • Setting up the polling place: During the election period, we deploy all the necessary human and material resources to enable you to vote. All in all, over 22,000 polling stations are set up across Québec!
  • Voting: Many measures are taken to enable you to vote. On polling days, all election officers are on hand to greet you and provide instructions. They also ensure that you are able to vote in an accessible place, in complete confidentiality and without constraints.
  • Counting of the votes and election results: At the closing of the polling stations, all the votes are counted. The person with the greatest number of votes wins the election in his or her electoral division.
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