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Québec 2022: eight voting dates | Quebec election 2022

When to vote?

The election will take place on October 3, but the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (DGEQ) has scheduled seven additional election days, ie two days in advance, on September 25 and 26, and five additional election days at the returning office. officer on September 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29.

Where to vote?

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

The address of your polling station as well as its opening days and hours are listed at notice of registration that Elections Québec must normally send you at the beginning of the electoral period.

Finally, to find the address of the returning officer’s office in your riding, go to the Elections Québec website. (New window)which will direct you to the correct location in each case based on your address and the day you have chosen to vote.

Am I registered in the voters’ list?

If you have not yet received your registration notice by mail, or if the one you received contains errors, you have until 2:00 p.m. on September 29 to contact Éelections Québec to correct the situation. (New window).

Note that you can also check online (New window) your registration in the voters’ list.

In Quebec to vote this year:

  • you must be registered in the electoral roll;

  • You must be 18 years of age or older on October 3, 2022;

  • you must be a Canadian citizen;

  • you must be a resident of Quebec as of April 3, 2022;

  • you must not be under an administrator or you have not lost your voting rights.

Can I vote on my campus?

Yes. Polling stations will be set up this year in more than 170 vocational training centers, CEGEPs and universities in Quebec. These will be open on September 23, 27 and 28 usually between 9:30 and 20:00, as well as on September 29 from 9:30 to 14:00.

Students of these institutions will be able to vote for a candidate from their home constituency. But where exactly is this house? The issue was recently discussed when Québec Solidaire distributed leaflets at some universities encouraging students to change their address in view of October 3rd.

As a result, DGEQ they 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 to communicate with the government.

It means, the spirit of campus voting remains ofavoid students having to travel to their constituency to exercise their right to votehe reminded.

If you want to request a change of residence, voter he must prove that he actually lives in another place and that he intends to make it his main residencehe added DGEQwithout specifying the type of proof required.

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

source : Elections in Quebec

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

Do I have to present proof of identity when voting?

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’s still possible to vote, but there are some checks that are detailed here (New window)should be done.

Finally, if you want to vote on October 3, don’t hesitate to bring a reminder card. The election staff will be able to direct you to your polling station faster!

What if I can’t travel because of COVID-19?

Whether it’s because of the risk of complications from COVID-19 contamination or because you’re in self-isolation, you have the right to vote by mail this year. The process is clearly explained on the Elections Quebec website. (New window).

Voters with a weakened immune system or suffering from a chronic illness will need to register by September 25 by ordering and voting kit online or by phone.

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

If requested by September 25th, the kit will be mailed to you. After this date, the relative must collect it from the Returning Officer’s office in your constituency.

The return envelope in this postmarked set must be returned by mail to the Returning Officer’s office, which must be received by 8:00 p.m., October 3rd. If this period seems too short, you can also ask a relative to drop off 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, i.e. between 9:30 and 20:00. This does not include time normally allowed for meals.

Will many of us vote?

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

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

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the election of 15 November 1976, which culminated in the election of the first PQ government of René Lévesque, saw a turnout of 85.27%.

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

Who to vote for?

First of all, you should know that in a first-past-the-post system like ours, you only vote once and for one candidate to elect an MP 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 Speaker in the case of Québec Solidaire) will become prime minister.

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

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

They are also the only political parties to field candidates in all 125 Quebec ridings this year, with one notable exception QLPwhich saw one of his applications rejected DGEQ. This decision is also being challenged in court.

So who to vote for? That’s the question! And fortunately, there is no shortage of sources of information.

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

For example, see our Quebec Election 2022 file; that our colleagues from Rad (New window); our program comparator; and try, if you haven’t already, our election compass (New window). Also watch or check the special Five leaders, one electionwhich aired on September 8, as well as the leaders’ debate on September 22.

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