Advance voting: why is Quebec a good first? | Elections Quebec 2022
Bruno Savard's interview with Professor Valérie-Anne Mahéo.
Advance voting has experienced a great success and according to Élections Québec, 8 of the 10 ridings where advance voting was the most popular are located in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions.
Provincially, advance voting reached 22.92%, a record high. In the riding of Louis-Hébert, 39.52% of voters turned out at the polls on Sunday and Monday, a peak in the province. In several other counties in the region, advance voting has exceeded 30%.
According to Valérie-Anne Mahéo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Université Laval, the great place occupied by issues affecting the citizens of our regions and the presence of a new political formation would not be unrelated to the popularity of advance voting.
There is a new political actor, the Conservative Party of Quebec with its leader who is running in the Quebec region. We see that this new actor is talking about certain issues that other parties do not talk about, notes the expert who specializes in strategies to promote electoral participation.
“The PCQ will seek out a certain segment of the population who did not necessarily feel represented by the other political parties. »
— Valérie-Anne Mahéo, professor in the Department of Political Science at Laval University
The other factor that explains this enthusiasm lies in the central place that occupied the region of Quebec since the beginning of the campaign.
Assistant professor in the department of political science at Université Laval, Valérie-Anne Mahéo, is interested in strategies for promote electoral participation.
We talked a lot about Quebec. We talked about the third link, a bridge, a tunnel. It came up a lot in debates, in the media and regularly in political announcements, she adds. It shows voters in the Quebec City region that the political parties are interested in them.
According to Valérie-Anne Mahéo, despite the success of the advance poll, there should not be taken for granted that voter turnout will be higher than in the past following the general election on October 3.
You can't make a direct link between advance voting and voting in the general election, she warns. We have seen in recent years that the proportion of the rate of advance voting has increased, but the general participation has not increased, it has even decreased in some respects.
Long lines during the advance poll could push Élections Québec to improve its ways of doing things, according to Valérie-Anne Mahéo.
The provisions put in place by Élections Québec to encourage advance voting are bearing fruit, however.
“We see that there is a trend rise in advance voting for several election years. »
— Valérie-Anne Mahéo, professor in the department of political science at Laval University
In some places on Sunday, voters waited more than an hour to file their ballot in the ballot box. A craze that could encourage Élections Québec to improve its ways of doing things.
Of course, whether in Quebec or in Canada, there are always discussions to find out how we can always make it easier to vote, says Professor Mahéo. Maybe Élections Québec will add polling stations or even an extra day.
Everything will depend on the analysis that will be carried out by the institution at the end of the election .