To vote, you must be entered on the list of electors of one of the English-language school boards in Quebec holding an election on September 26.
Am I eligible to vote?
To vote in school elections, a person must be entered on the list of electors of an English-language school board.
On September 26, 2021, he or she must also be an elector of the English-language school board. Being a qualified elector means meeting the following conditions:
- Being 18 years of age or older;
- Being a Canadian citizen;
- Having a domicile:
- in the territory of the English-language school board;
- in Québec for at least six months;
- Not being under curatorship or having lost your electoral rights.
In addition, you must meet one of the following two conditions:
- Have a child admitted to the English-language school board;
- Not have a child admitted to the educational services of either an English-language school board or a French-language school service centre that serves your domicile, and have opted to be entered on the list of electors of an English-language school board.
Parents of a child admitted to a French-language school service centre are not eligible to vote in these elections.
How do I check my entry on the list of electors of an English-language school board?
In order to vote, you must be entered on the list of electors. If you are entered on the list of electors, your English-language school board will send you a notice of entry by mail.
If you do not receive a notice or if you wish to confirm that you are entered on the list of electors, feel free to contact your returning officer.
You have the right to be entered on the list of electors in either of the following two situations:
If you have a child admitted to the educational services of the English-language school board that serves your domicile, you should be entered on that school board’s list of electors. Entry on the list of school electors depends on your domiciliary address.
In cases where an elector has a child admitted to the services of an English-language school board, the elector is deemed to have opted for entry on the list of electors of that school board, even when the child has completed his or her studies.
You can ask Élections Québec not to be entered on the list of school electors. During the election period, you can submit an application for striking your name before the school board’s board of revisors. At any other time, you can ask Élections Québec not to be entered on the list of school electors.
If you have no children, your name is not automatically entered on an English-language school board’s list of electors.
However, you may opt to vote in the English-language school elections and apply for entry on the list of electors. To do so, you must submit a written application. Ask the returning officer of the school board serving your domicile for more information.
Does your name not appear on the English-language school board’s list of electors or do you want to change your entry?
You will have to submit an application to the board of revisors or to a person designated for that purpose by the returning officer.
To find out where and when you can apply for entry on the list of electors or to correct your entry, contact the returning officer of your English-language school board. The deadline is September 7, 2021.
On September 26, which is polling day for school elections in Québec, you will no longer be able to apply for entry or to change your entry on your English-language school board’s list of electors. Don’t wait!
When applying for entry, you must present two pieces of identification:
- The first must provide your name and date of birth (birth certificate, health insurance card, passport, etc.);
- The second must include your name and address (driver’s license, telephone bill, hydro bill, etc.).
A relative, your spouse or a person living with you can complete this process on your behalf. For more information, please contact your returning officer.
Where and when can I vote?
You will be able to vote at the advance poll on Sunday, September 19. For the schedule and address of your advance polling station, please consult the notice of entry you received in the mail or contact your returning officer.
Voting on polling day
September 26 is polling day for electing a certain number of persons who shall sit on the councils of commissioners of one of the English-language school boards in Quebec that have vacant seats. For the schedule and address of your polling station, please consult the reminder card you received in the mail a few days before the poll, or contact the returning officer.
Your reminder card will contain all the information about the candidates for whom you have the right to vote or all the information about the election.
Find your English-language school board
How do I vote?
Upon arriving at the polling station, you will be greeted by election officials. They will direct you and explain what you need to do.
In order to vote, you must identify yourself by presenting one of the following documents:
- A health insurance card;
- A Québec driver’s licence;
- A Canadian passport
- A Certificate of Indian Status
- A Canadian Armed Forces identification card
Steps in the voting process
In response to the ongoing pandemic, health guidelines will be implemented to ensure that you can vote safely.
- Put on a face covering and disinfect your hands. It’s compulsory!
- Proceed to your polling station as directed by the person who greets you.
- Maintain physical distancing when waiting in line. Just follow the signage on the floor.
- Give your name and show your identification from a distance. Keep your identification on hand.
- Uncover your face so your identity can be verified, then put your face covering back on.
- Disinfect your hands before receiving your ballot paper(s). It’s compulsory!
Proceed behind the polling booth.
Use your own pencil (a lead pencil or a pen with blue or black ink), if you have one. It’s allowed!
On each of your ballot papers, mark only one of the circles with your own pencil or with the one the officers gave you. Any mark that clearly identifies your choice is acceptable.
Fold your ballot paper(s) and return to the table.
Detach the stub from each ballot paper yourself and place it in the designated area.
Place your ballot paper(s) in the ballot box.
- If you used a pencil provided by the deputy returning officer, place it in the designated area.
- Disinfect your hands one last time before leaving.
What if I am unable to go out to vote due to COVID-19? Can I vote by mail?
During these elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain electors may vote by mail and submit written applications for changes to the list of electors, to avoid having to go out. To find out who is eligible for these measures, contact your returning officer.
You can apply to vote by mail if you live in a CHSLD or a private seniors’ residence listed in the register established under the Act respecting health services and social services. You can also submit, by mail, an application for entry or for changing your entry on the list of electors. Contact your returning officer for more information on how to proceed.
Please note that there will be no mobile polling stations in these facilities. Voting by mail replaces mobile polling stations.
If you are isolating, you must vote by mail. You can also submit a written application seeking changes to the list of electors.
The following persons are considered to be in isolation:
- Persons who have returned from a trip abroad within the last 14 days;
- Persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are still considered carriers of the disease;
- Persons showing symptoms of COVID-19;
- Persons who have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days;
- Persons waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
To vote by mail or to obtain more information, you can contact the office of your returning officer.
- To apply for entry or to change your entry on the list of electors, you must submit a written application to your returning officer no later than September 7, 2021.
- To vote by mail, you must submit a written or verbal application to your returning officer no later than September 16, 2021.
Making voting universally accessible
Measures have been put in place to facilitate the exercise of the right to vote by all electors. The election officers at your polling station are there to help you.
- You can receive assistance with marking your ballot papers.
- If you have a visual impairment, you may vote on your own using a template that will be provided to you. Election officers will tell you the order in which the names of the candidates appear on the ballot papers.
- If you have a hearing impairment, you may be accompanied by an interpreter.
Electors are entitled to four hours to vote
On polling day for Québec’s English-language school boards, your employer must, upon request, provide you with at least four consecutive hours so you can vote, without any reduction in pay or other penalty.
This four-hour period must be provided to you at a time when polling stations are open. It does not include time normally given for meals.