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Quebec 2022: eight voting dates | Quebec Election 2022

When should we vote?

The election will be held on October 3, but seven other voting days have been scheduled by the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (DGEQ), i.e. two days for advance voting, September 25 and 26, and five additional days for voting at the returning officer’s office on September 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29.

Where to vote?

If you wish to come on 3 October, the day and opening hours of your polling station will be indicated on yellow reminder card which you will receive at your home shortly before election day.

The address of your preliminary polling station, as well as its working days and hours, are indicated at the registration notice that Elections Québec should normally send you at the beginning of the election period.

Finally, to find the office address of the returning officer in your riding, go to the Elections Québec website. (New window)which will in all cases direct you to the correct place according to your address and the day you have chosen to vote.

Am I on the electoral roll?

If you have not yet received a registration notification by mail, or if the one you received contains errors, you must contact Éelections Québec by 7:00 p.m. to correct the situation. (New window).

Note that you can also check online (New window) your registration on the electoral roll.

In Quebec to vote this year:

  • you must be registered in the electoral roll;

  • you must have turned 18 on October 3, 2022;

  • you must be a Canadian citizen;

  • you must be domiciled in Quebec as of April 3, 2022;

  • you must not be under guardianship or disenfranchised.

Can I vote on my campus?

yes This year polling stations will be set up in more than 170 vocational training centers, CEGEPs and universities in Quebec. They will be open on September 23, 27 and 28, usually between 9:30 and 20:00, and on September 29, from 9:30 to 14:00.

Students in these institutions will be able to vote for a candidate from their constituency. But where exactly is this home? The issue was discussed recently when Québec solidaire distributed flyers on certain campuses encouraging students to change their address in view of October 3rd.

In consequence, DGEQ implicitly recognized that students who had just left home could vote in either their new constituency or their parents’ constituency if that address continued to be used for government communications.

that said the spirit of campus voting remains ofavoid students traveling to their constituency to exercise their right to votehe recalled.

To apply for a change of residence, the voter must prove that he actually lives elsewhere and that he intends to make it his main residenceadded the DGEQwithout specifying the type of evidence required.

Nearly 80% of the votes cast on campuses in the 2014 and 2018 elections were counted in a constituency other than the campus.

Source : Elections Quebec

In addition, employees of educational institutions where polling stations have been set up will also be able to vote on campus this year, which was not allowed in previous years.

Do I need to provide proof of identity to vote?

yes You must have a Quebec driver’s license, Quebec health insurance card, Canadian passport, certificate of Indian status or Canadian Forces ID card.

If you don’t have any of these documents, it may be possible to vote anyway, but some checks described here (New window)should be done.

Finally, feel free to bring your reminder card if you want to vote on October 3rd. Election staff will be able to direct you to your polling station faster!

What if I can’t travel due to COVID-19?

Whether you are at risk of developing complications from contracting COVID-19 or because you are self-isolating, you are eligible to vote by mail this year. The process is clearly explained on the Elections Quebec website. (New window).

Voters with weakened immune systems or suffering from chronic illnesses will need to register before Sept. 25 by ordering voting kit online or by phone.

Those who must remain in isolation will also be able to order theirs online before September 25. After that time they will have to turn to the phone.

If the request is made before September 25, the kit will be mailed to you. After that date, a relative should collect it from the Returning Officer’s office in your constituency.

The postmarked return envelope in this set must be returned by post to the office of the Returning Officer, who must receive it before 8:00 PM on October 3rd. If this time frame seems too short, you can also ask a relative to leave the envelope at the returning officer’s office.

What if I work on October 3rd?

On election day, your employer must ensure that you have at least four consecutive hours to vote when the polling stations are open, that is between 9:30 and 20:00. This does not include the time normally allowed for meals.

Will many of us vote?

In general, the wait is usually shorter at advance polls or at the clerk’s office than on election day. But not always.

In Quebec, voter turnout has been declining since the 2012 general election. In 2018, 66.45% of registered voters turned out to vote; it was the worst voter turnout in Quebec’s recent history since 2008, when only 57.43% of registered voters cast ballots.

At the other end of the spectrum, the elections of November 15, 1976, which resulted in the election of the first PQ government of René Lévesque, registered a participation rate of 85.27%.

Hoping to boost turnout, Elections Quebec launched an aggressive advertising campaign this year on several platforms, including social networks like Tik Tok and metaverse.

Who should I vote for?

First of all, you should know that in a first-time system like ours, you only vote once and for a single candidate to elect a member to represent your constituency in the national assembly.

The party that wins the most MPs will be called upon to form a majority or minority government, and its leader (or its spokesperson designated as parliamentary leader, in the case of Québec solidaire) will become prime minister.

A total of 880 declarations of candidacy were accepted in Quebec’s 125 ridings this year. The list is available here (New window). There are currently 27 authorized provincial political parties; 21 of them are presenting candidates this year. There are also 14 independents.

When Parliament was dissolved on August 28, five parties were represented in the National Assembly: Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Québec solidaire (QS), Parti quebécois (PQ) and the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) .

They are also the only political parties fielding candidates this year in all of Quebec’s 125 ridings, except QLPwho saw one of his application forms rejected by DGEQ. This decision is also being appealed in court.

So which one should we choose? This is the question! And fortunately, sources of information are not lacking.

In addition to communications from candidates and their political parties, there are several tools to help you make a choice.

Consult, for example, our file Elections Quebec 2022; that of colleagues from Rad (New window); our benchmarking program; and try, if you haven’t already, our election compass (New window). See also or browse the special Five leaders, one electionaired on 8 September, as well as the leaders’ debate on 22 September.

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