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Election 2022: A fast information to attending to the polls

The provincial election is fast approaching and now is the time to think about when you will choose to vote. This year you have eight days to exercise your right to vote, four of which will be held at post-secondary institutions or vocational training centers. Therefore, Impact Campus offers you a short guide based on the information that can be found on the Éelections Québec website to inform you where and when to vote.

By Jade Talbot, Head of News

Registration in the electoral roll

Are you on the electoral roll? To check it, go to the Elections Quebec website by following the link, here. If you are not yet registered in the electoral roll or want to change your registration, note that it is still possible to register in person until September 29e, online and postal registrations closed on September 19.

To register, go to your Returning Officer’s office or your school’s polling station (see section Campus voting). By typing your zip code and building number at site of Éelections Québec, you will find the address of the office as well as its opening hours. During registration you will need one or more supporting documents proving your name, date of birth and address. These parts can also be photographed or photocopied. To prove your identity, you can, for example, present your valid driver’s license, health insurance card, birth certificate, Canadian passport and proof of Canadian citizenship. To prove your address, you can present a phone, internet or electricity bill, a lease, a school transcript or even a personal check.

Please note that it is also possible to vote in advance when registering in person. Voting starts half an hour later than the review and ends an hour earlier, except on September 29. Here are the dates and times when it is possible to register for the electoral roll from the Returning Officer’s office:

  • September 23, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 24, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • September 27, 2022 and September 28, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 29, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Advance voting

If you think you won’t be able to vote on October 3, you can vote in advance. Voting will take place on September 25 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The address of your advance polling station, as well as its business days and hours, are listed on the registration notice you received in the mail. You can also find this information by going to the Elections Quebec website, here.

In addition to early voting, you are offered five days to vote in your district director’s office. The Elections Quebec website warns us that the wait could be longer. You can find information about the address and opening hours here. You can also go to any other advance polling station to vote for your group’s candidate. Here are the days and times you can vote:

  • September 23, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • September 24, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • September 27, 2022 and September 28, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • September 29, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Campus voting

And this year it will be possible to vote directly on campus. Unlike previous elections, not only students will have the opportunity to vote on campus. Other voters who have access to the premises, such as members of staff, will also be able to vote in these offices.. Any higher education institution or vocational training center that enrolls more than 300 student voters will be able to host a polling station.

I’m going to vote on campus, you will be able to vote for the candidate running in the constituency where you live. Here are some examples, taken from the Éelections Québec website, of situations where your place of residence and place of study differ:

  • You live with your parents in Chicoutimi. Your mail goes to them and the address on your driver’s license is that of the family home, but you are temporarily residing in Montreal for your studies. You will be able to vote at your Montreal school for a candidate in the riding of Chicoutimi.
  • You’ve moved to Montreal and consider your new apartment your primary residence. You will use this address on your tax return and you have made changes to your address. You will vote at your educational institution, in Montreal, for a candidate from the electoral division where your apartment is located.
  • You are originally from Ottawa and live in Lévis for your studies. You intend to return to live in Ontario and, for example, you have kept your Ontario driver’s license and your Ontario health card. In this case, you will not be able to vote in Quebec because you do not meet the necessary conditions to vote.

Several polling stations will be set up on campus, here is information regarding the location, as well as the dates and hours of operation of these offices (locations and hours are listed, subject to change):

Alphonse Desjardins Pavilion

2325 University Street, Quebec, QC, G1V0A6

  • Friday, September 23, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Charles de Koninck Pavilion

1030 Avenue des Sciences Humanes, Quebec, QC, G1V0A6

  • Friday, September 23, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Université Laval downtown campus

Room EDB 602. 350 Charest Boulevard East, Quebec, QC, G1K3H5

  • Friday, September 23, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
election day

On election day, offices will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find out the address of your polling station, you can go to the Éelections Québec website, here. The address, polling hours and names of the candidates in your constituency will also be listed on a yellow reminder card which you should receive a few days before the election. To vote on election day, you must be 18 years of age and registered on the electoral roll. After September 29, 2022, you will not be able to register and make changes to the electoral roll.

What to do if you are in isolation for COVID-19

If you know that on voting day, October 3, you will be in isolation for COVID-19 or that you cannot travel for health reasons, you will still be able to vote by mail. For this purpose, you must be registered in the electoral roll. You can claim your correspondence kit online before 5pm on 25 September or claim it by phone by contacting the officer-in-charge’s office in your riding in the days leading up to the vote, as well as on 3 October. It is important that Éelections Québec receives your envelope and the necessary documents before 8:00 p.m. on election day in order to be able to count your vote. For more details, you can consult the Elections Quebec page by clicking on the link, here.

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