Press Release no. 15 – September 4, 2012 general election. 3,269 Quebecers staying in 115 countries are registered to “vote outside Québec”

August 20, 2012

Quebec City,August 20, 2012––The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, wishes to announce that 3,269 electors who are temporarily absent from Québec have registered for postal voting for theSeptember 4, 2012general election.  These electors are either certain to be staying or expect to be staying in 115 countries, on every continent, on polling day. The total of 3,269 electors registered to “vote outside Québec” is lower than the number for the December 8, 2008 general election, when 5,487electors were registered to do so.

For this election most Quebecers intending to avail themselves of postal voting are in Europe, with 1,473 registered electors residing there. Incidentally in four electoral divisions, there are over 100 such electors with the most in the Montreal region from Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques (122), Gouin (108), and Mercier (101), and with Taschereau (116) leading the way in the Quebec City region. It should be pointed out that the highest number of electors exercising their right to vote outside Québec is found among people 60 years of age and older, with 23.2% of those registered to do so.

The operation involving the sending out of ballot papers began on the day the writ to call the election was issued, i.e. August 1st. After receiving their ballot paper, electors must complete it by indicating the surname and given name of the candidate of their choice for the electoral division of their most recent domicile in Québec. They may also indicate the name of the political party of their chosen candidate.  

The list of candidates sent to them, will also be available on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, at Electors will then return their ballot paper to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, making sure that it is received at the latest by Tuesday, September 4, at 8:00 p.m., when Québec’s polling stations close. Only ballot papers received by that time and date will be counted.

After the polling stations close on polling day, the deputy returning officer, assisted by the poll clerk, will begin to count the votes received in the presence of representatives appointed by the authorized parties. Since electors vote for the candidate from the electoral division of their domicile before their departure from Québec, the results will then be transmitted to the returning officers concerned.

Tables presenting the number of electors registered to “vote outside Québec” by electoral division and for each country are available on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, by clicking on the link “Documentation and history” (on the left side of the home page), then selecting the document “Number of electors registered to vote outside Québec.”

Categories : Provincial, DGE, General election 2012

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