Québec 2022: eight dates to vote | Elections Quebec 2022

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Qu&eacute ;bec 2022 : eight dates to vote | Élections Québec 2022

The elections will take place on October 3, but seven other polling days have been scheduled by the DGEQ.

Quebec voters will be spoiled for choice when they want to vote this year.< /p>

The election campaign is coming to an end, and you will soon have to make your choice. Here is our traditional voter's guide, prepared for those who are not completely familiar with the terms of this important democratic exercise.

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

If you wish to travel on October 3, the day and hours your office is open will be indicated on the yellow reminder card that you will receive at your home shortly before election day.

The address of your polling station in advance as well as its opening days and hours are indicated on the registration noticethat Élections Québec must normally send you at the start of the election period.

Finally, to find out the address of the office of the returning officer in your riding, go to the website website of Elections Quebec, which, in any case, will direct you to the right place according to your address and the day you have chosen to vote.

If you have not yet received a registration notice by mail or if the one you have received contains errors, you have until September 29 at 2 p.m. to contact Élections Québec to rectify the situation.

Note that you can also check your voter registration online.

In Quebec, to vote this year:< /p>

  • you must be on the electoral roll;

  • you must be 18 years old or later on October 3, 2022;

  • you must be a Canadian citizen;

  • your must have been domiciled in Quebec since April 3, 2022;

  • you must not be under curatorship or have lost your electoral rights.

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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 a.m. and 8 p.m., as well as on September 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students at these institutions will be able to vote for a candidate from their home constituency. But where is this home, exactly? The question has recently been debated, when Québec solidaire distributed leaflets on certain campuses encouraging students to change their address in view of October 3.

In the process, the DGEQ implicitly recognized that students who had just left the family nest could vote either in their new constituency or in that of their parents, if this address continued to be used to communicate with the government. /p>

That said, the spirit of campus voting remains to prevent students from having to travel to their constituency to exercise their right to vote, he recalled .

To apply for a change of residence, the voter must demonstrate that he actually lives in another place and that he intends to make it his main residence, added the DGEQ, without specifying the type of evidence. required.

Nearly 80% of the votes cast on campus in the 2014 and 2018 elections were cast in a riding other than the campus one.

Source : Quebec Elections

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

Yes. You must have a Quebec driver's license, a Quebec health insurance card, a Canadian passport, a certificate of Indian status or a Canadian Forces identity card.

If you do not have any of these documents, it may still be possible to vote, but certain checks, detailed here, will have to be made.

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

Whether it is because you are at risk of developing complications in the event of contamination with COVID-19 or because you are in isolation, you are eligible to vote by mail this year. The process is clearly explained on the Élections Québec website.

Voters with compromised immune systems or chronic illnesses will need to register by September 25 by ordering a voting kit online or by phone.

Those who need to stay in isolation will also be able to order theirs online by September 25. After this time, they will have to turn to the telephone.

If the request is made before September 25, the kit will be mailed to you. After this date, a relative must pick it up at the office of the returning officer in your riding.

Previously stamped, the return envelope in this kit must be returned by mailed to the office of the returning officer, who must have received it before 8:00 p.m. on October 3. If this time seems too short, you can also ask a loved one to drop off the envelope at the office of the returning officer.

On election day, your employer must ensure that you have at least four consecutive hours to vote during the opening of the polls, which is between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This does not include the time you are normally given for meals.

Generally speaking, the wait is generally shorter at advance polls or at the office of the director of ballot than on election day. But not always.

In Quebec, the turnout rate has been declining since the 2012 general election. In 2018, 66.45% of registered voters turned out to vote; it was the worst turnout in Quebec's recent history, after that of 2008, when only 57.43% of registered voters had voted.

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

In hopes of boosting voter turnout, Élections Québec launched an aggressive advertising campaign this year on several platforms, including social networks like Tik Tok and the metaverse.

You must first know that, in a first-past-the-post system like ours, you only vote once, and for a single candidate, in order to elect a deputy who will represent your constituency in the National Assembly.

The party that wins the most deputies 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.

In all, 880 declarations of candidacy were accepted in the 125 ridings of Quebec this year. The list can be accessed here. There are currently 27 authorized provincial political parties; 21 of them are fielding 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 Quebec (PLQ), Quebec solidaire (QS), the Parti Quebecois (PQ) and the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ).

They are also the only political parties to present candidates this year in all of Quebec's 125 ridings, with the notable exception of the PLQ, which saw one of its nomination papers rejected by the DGEQ. This decision is also challenged in court.

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So who to choose? 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 make a choice.

Consult for example our file Elections Quebec 2022; that of our colleagues at Rad; our program comparator; and try, if you haven't already, our Vote Compass. Also see or re-watch the special program Five Leaders, One Election, broadcast on September 8, as well as the leaders' debate on September 22.

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