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Elections 2022: A short guide on how to vote

Regional elections are 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 take place in post-secondary educational institutions or vocational training centers. Impact Campus therefore offers you a short guide based on the information you can find on the Éelections Québec website to inform you where and when to vote.

Jade Talbot, Head of News

Enrollment in the voter’s list

Are you registered in the electoral roll? To verify this, go to the Elections Quebec website by clicking on the link, here. If you are not yet registered in the electoral roll or want to modify your registration, please note that it is still possible to apply in person until September 29e, online and mail-in registrations closed on September 19.

To register, go to your Returning Officer’s office or your educational institution’s polling station (see section Voting on campus). By entering your zip code and building number at pages of Éelections Québec, you will find the address of the office as well as its opening hours. At the time of registration, you will need one or more supporting documents confirming your name, date of birth and address. These pieces can also be photographed or copied. For example, you can show a valid driver’s license, health insurance card, birth certificate, Canadian passport and proof of Canadian citizenship to prove your identity. To prove your address, you can submit a phone, internet or electricity bill, a rental agreement, a certificate or even a personal check.

Please note that it is also possible to vote in advance during personal registration. 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 you can register to vote from the clerk’s office:

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

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

In addition to advance voting, you have five days to vote at your county director’s office. We are advised on the Elections Quebec website that the wait may be longer. You can find information about the address and opening hours here. You can also go to any other polling station to vote for a candidate in your riding. 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.
  • 29/9/2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Voting on campus

This year, too, it will be possible to vote directly on campus. Unlike previous elections, only students will not have the opportunity to vote on campus. Other voters who have access to the premises, such as employees, will also be able to vote in these offices.. Any post-secondary educational institution or vocational training center that hosts more than 300 student-voters will be allowed to host a polling place.

We are going to vote on campus, you will be able to vote for a candidate running in the electoral district in which you live. Here are some examples, taken from the Éelections Québec website, of situations where your residence and place of study are different:

  • You live with your parents in Chicoutimi. Your mail is sent to them and the address on your driver’s license is your family home address, but you are temporarily living in Montreal for your studies. You will be able to vote for a candidate from the riding of Chicoutimi at your Montreal educational institution.
  • You’ve moved to Montreal and consider your new apartment your main residence. You will use this address on your tax return and you have changed your address. At your educational institution in Montreal, you will vote for a candidate from the electoral ward where your apartment is located.
  • You come from Ottawa and study in Lévis. You intend to return to live in Ontario and have kept, for example, an Ontario driver’s license and an 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 places will be set up on campus, here is information on the location as well as the dates and hours of operation of these offices (locations and times are subject to change):

Alphonse Desjardins Pavilion

University Street 2325, Quebec, QC, G1V0A6

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

Pavilion of Charles de Koninck

1030 Avenue des Sciences Humanes, Quebec, QC, G1V0A6

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

Laval University Central Campus

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

  • Friday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29 from 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, voting times and the names of the candidates in your constituency will also be listed on a yellow reminder that you should receive a few days before the election. To vote on election day, you must be 18 years of age or older and registered on the electoral roll. After September 29, 2022, it will not be possible to register or change the voter list.

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

If you know that you will be in isolation due to COVID-19 on Election Day, October 3, or that you cannot travel for health reasons, you will still be able to vote by mail. For this, you need to be registered in the voter’s list. You can claim your correspondence pack online before 5pm on 25 September or by phone by contacting the Returning Officer’s office in the days leading up to the poll as well as on 3 October. It is important that Éelections Québec receive your envelope and required documents by 8:00 PM on election day so that your vote can be counted. For more details, visit the Quebec Elections page by clicking the link, here.

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