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2017 municipal elections
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Municipalities are responsible for nearly
60%
of public infrastructure.

Who should
I vote for?

These few simple actions will help you make an enlightened decision:

  • Discuss issues in your municipality with your neighbours and friends.
  • Follow local news stories.
  • Find out more about the programs put forward by the various candidates, tickets and political parties.
  • Ask candidates questions on the social networks, by email or at public debates.

Am I
allowed to vote?

To vote, you must be registered on the list of electors. In addition, you must be at least 18 years of age on Election Day. As of September 1, 2017, you must also meet the following conditions:

  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Not be under curatorship or deprived of your election rights.

In addition, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be domiciled in the municipality and have resided in Québec for at least 6 months.

OR

Can I vote
in more than one municipality?

You may be entitled to vote in a municipality other than the one in which you are domiciled if you are the owner of an immovable (apartments, cottage, etc.) or the occupant of a business establishment (as a tenant, etc.) for at least 12 months.

Can I vote
without travelling?

If you are unable to travel to a polling station, you can apply to vote in your room or apartment and, in certain municipalities, to vote at home.

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Checking your
registration

Ensure that your name is entered on the list of electors and that the information concerning you is correct. You are responsible for checking this information.

Consult the notice to this effect that will be mailed to you by your municipality. Keep in mind that if you want to vote, it is essential that your name be entered on the list of electors.

Registering or
modifying your registration

To have your name entered on the list of electors or to modify your registration, e.g. if you have a new address, go to the address indicated on the notice you received by mail or contact the returning officer for further details.

A relative, your spouse or someone who lives with you can also complete this process on your behalf.

To have your name entered on the list of electors, you are required to provide certain documents.

Any further
questions?

Your returning officer can answer any questions you may have about municipal elections. You can also explore these links to learn more about municipal elections.

More than
1,100
Québec municipalities hold elections

How
do I vote?

It’s simple! When you arrive at the polling station, the electoral officers will greet you and give you instructions and explanations about the voting process:

  1. Present a piece of identification and receive your ballots.
  2. Go to the voting booth and make your choice.
  3. Fold your ballots and go back to the voting table.
  4. Detach the stub from each ballot and give the stubs to the election officer.
  5. Place your ballots in the ballot box.

Where do I vote
on Election Day

Election Day is Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. During the election period, your municipality will take the necessary measures to tell you where you can vote.

Please pay special attention to the communications sent out by your municipality. For example, a public notice will be issued and some municipalities will also mail out a reminder card.

Please feel free to contact your returning officer for further details.

What should I
bring to vote?

When you arrive at the polling station, you must identify yourself by presenting one of the following documents:

  • Your health insurance card.
  • Your driver’s licence.
  • Your Canadian passport.
  • Your Certificate of Indian Status.
  • Your Canadian Armed Forces identification card.

If you don’t have one of those documents in your possession.

Four consecutive hours
to vote

On Election Day, your employer must give you at least four consecutive hours while the polls are open so you can go and vote; your pay cannot be reduced and no other penalties can be imposed by your employer. The four-hour period does not include your regular mealtime.

Four hours to vote, it's your right!

Assistance in
polling stations

If you have difficulty voting, you can obtain assistance. Special measures are in place to help you vote.

Other ways
to vote

Voting in the
advance poll

You can vote in the advance poll on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from noon until 8:00 PM. Please contact your returning officer for further details. Some municipalities offer other options.

Voting
by mail

If you are the owner of an immovable (e.g. apartments, cottage, etc.) or the occupant of a business establishment in a municipality other than the one in which you are domicilied you can vote by mail if your municipality offers that option.

Contact your returning officer to determine whether this option is available.

Voting
without travelling

If you are eligible and submit a request in advance, you can vote in your room or apartment. In certain municipalities, you can vote at home.

Québec municipalities administer budgets totalling more than
$15 billion
annually.

On November 5, 2017

from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, let’s vote!

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Owner of an immovable and occupant of a business establishment

If, as of September 1, 2017, you have owned an immovable or occupied a business establishment for at least 12 months, you can exercise your right to vote even if you are not domicilied in the municipality. Simply submit a written request to the municipality to have your name entered on the list of electors. By means of a power of attorney, co-owners of an immovable or co-occupants of a business establishment must designate whose name is to be entered on the list of electors.

Contact your returning officer for information on the deadline for submitting such requests.

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Owner of an immovable and occupant of a business establishment

If, as of September 1, 2017, you have owned an immovable or occupied a business establishment for at least 12 months, you can exercise your right to vote even if you are not domicilied in the municipality. Simply submit a written request to the municipality to have your name entered on the list of electors. By means of a power of attorney, co-owners of an immovable or co-occupants of a business establishment must designate whose name is to be entered on the list of electors.

Contact your returning officer for information on the deadline for submitting such requests.

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Voting in your room or apartment

Specific measures are in place enabling you to apply to vote in your room or apartment if it is located in a residential and long-term care centre, a hospital centre, a rehabilitation centre or a private seniors’ residence. Contact the returning officer of your municipality for further information. If you are eligible, election officers will come to your room or apartment so you can exercise your right to vote.

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Voting at home

If you are unable to travel to a polling station and if you live in the municipality of Belœil, Montréal, Rivière-du-Loup, Sainte-Florence or Thetford Mines, your caregiver and you might vote in your home. Contact your returning officer for further information and to submit a request.

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Having your name entered on the list of electors

You must go to the address indicated on the notice that you received and bring two pieces of identification with you:

You must also provide the address of your previous residence.

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If you do not have the necessary identification documents

You will be required to declare under oath that you are indeed the person whose name is entered on the list of electors and you will be required to sign the oath to that effect. To do so, you have three options:

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Voting in the office of the returning officer

The municipalities of Belœil, Gatineau, Montréal, Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Georges, Saint-Lazare and Thetford Mines hold advance polls on additional dates. Please contact your returning officer for further information.

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Special measures to help you vote

Election officials in polling stations are there to make the process easier for you.

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Contact information for your municipality

You should contact your municipality for further details on municipal elections or speak with your returning officer:

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Contact information for your municipality

You should contact your municipality for further details on municipal elections or speak with your returning officer: