Voting by mail for electors temporarily absent from Quebec

April 26, 2012

Québec City, April 26, 2012 –– Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, wishes to inform Québec electors who are currently staying outside Québec, or are about to do so, that they can register effective immediately to avail themselves of voting by mail at the time of a general election, a by-election or a referendum.

The electors concerned by this measure are those who are temporarily away from Québec for two years or less and who intend to return to Québec. Should elections or a referendum be held, these electors will be able to vote by mail, if they are registered to vote of electors outside Québec. The registration form can be downloaded from the Institution’s Web site at the following address:

It should be noted that the two-year time limit does not apply to electors who are posted outside Québec to a position with the Government of Québec, the Government of Canada or an international organization referred to in the Act. Nor does it apply to the spouse or dependents of the elector in question, provided they are qualified electors. Electors posted outside Québec will have to provide, in addition to the documents required, proof of posting outside Québec.

Mr. Drouin is counting on those persons who have relatives or friends who have been temporarily absent from Québec for two years or less to inform them of the possibility of voting by mail at upcoming elections and to let them know that they can register at any time.

However, once the election is launched and the electoral period has begun, there is a deadline to be registered as an elector from outside Québec, which is the 19th day prior to the voting day.


Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE

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