In the Outaouais, there is still a shortage of electoral personnel for October 3

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In the Outaouais, there is still a shortage of election personnel for October 3

The smooth running of the poll depends in part on the presence of election workers (archives).

With seven days to go to the provincial polls, there is still a shortage of personnel to work in the polling stations in Outaouais.

Recruiting labor is a challenge in every election, acknowledges Julie St-Arnaud Drolet, spokesperson for Élections Québec, but in the context of the scarcity of labor that we currently know, it's even more difficult.

Julie St-Arnaud Drolet is door -speech for Elections Quebec (archives).

While most Quebec ridings have had enough candidates to fill all the positions, this is not the case in the Outaouais.

There are still a shortage of electoral personnel in four out of five ridings , namely those of Chapleau, Hull, Papineau and Pontiac, and the needs are particularly acute in the Aylmer sector, according to the spokesperson for Élections Québec.

In the riding of Gatineau, on the other hand, there are enough people who have applied to work in the elections on October 3, adds Ms. St-Arnaud Drolet.

Judith Ferreira is the returning officer for the riding of Gatineau for the October 3, 2022 provincial election.

Judith Ferreira, the returning officer for the riding of Gatineau, is indeed reassured.

Élections Québec has done a very good job of recruiting, their site for applying online is available since April and 90% of the people we have recruited have gone through this site, she says.

To make the offices work to vote on October 3 in the Outaouais, 1,602 people are needed in the 801 polling stations.

Ms. St-Arnaud Drolet does not specify how many workers are missing, but she does indicate that the positions to be filled are those of deputy returning officers and poll clerks.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">On polling day, 1602 workers will be required in the Outaouais polling stations (archives).

And if Élections Québec cannot find the necessary staff, voters may have to line up longer.

If there are not enough staff, more voters have to be grouped voters in the same polling station and that can generate waiting, specifies Ms. St-Arnaud Drolet.

One ​​of the novelties of this election is that young people aged 16 and 17 can work in the polling stations.

This is a way to raise their awareness of the electoral process while countering the labor shortage.

“There were not many applications from young people from the Outaouais. There are more elsewhere in Quebec, so we are calling on the youth of the Outaouais to come and lend a hand on October 3. »

—Julie St-Arnaud Drolet, spokesperson for Élections Québec.

This is paid work with a base salary of just less than $16 an hour.

Election day is a very big day that can take up to 13 hours of work. […] It is also an experience out of the ordinary, which also does a good service to democracy, explains the spokesperson for Elections Quebec.

Denis Parizeau, returning officer for the riding of Hull, is not giving up hope of having a full complement on October 3.

We currently have three people in the recruitment who do just that, call people and offer them a job, he explains.

With information from Nelly Alberola and Rémi Authier

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