Press release No. 18 – September 4, 2012 general election - Beginning today, Quebec electors can exercise their right to vote

August 24, 2012

Quebec City,August 24, 2012– In theQuebec2012 general election, electors can now express their choices. The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, reminds electors that there are various ways for them to exercise their right to vote in the general election of September 4. Mr. Drouin also reminds them that registration on the list of electors is a pre-requisite for exercising their right to vote. Duly registered electors can then vote on polling day or at an advance poll, a mobile polling station or at the office of the returning officer. Furthermore, it’s at the office of the returning officer that they will be entitled to vote for a candidate from their home electoral division, while temporarily residing in another.

Advance polling

Advance polling will take place on Sunday, August 26 and Monday, August 27, from9:30 a.m.to8:00 p.m.

Electors wishing to vote in this way must remember that there are fewer polling stations at their disposal than there are during ordinary voting and that there may sometimes be a certain wait. Past election experience has also shown that these slowdowns are more likely to occur when polling stations first open. 

To learn the address of the advance polling station assigned to them, electors may consult the notice “Are you registered on the list of electors?”, which was distributed recently. It is also possible to refer to the special section dedicated to by-elections on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, at, or contact the Information Centre at

1-888-ELECTION (1-888-353-2846) or

1-800-537-0644 – telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD).

Advance polling will also take place at a certain number of CHSLDs and residences for the elderly registered with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

Voting at the office of the returning officer

As is now standard procedure during provincial elections, voting at the main office or at a branch office of the returning officer is an option for electors, who may do so today, and on August 28 and 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., on Saturday August 25 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on August 30, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s at the same location and under the same schedule that it will be possible for an elector to vote for a candidate from his home electoral division, while temporarily residing in another. For more information on this new way of voting, it’s possible to consult the Chief electoral officer’s website at the address: The news release published by the DGE on August 22 is also a good source of information.

Mobile polling

On the same days as voting at the office of the returning officer, mobile polling will also take place, either domiciliary voting or voting at a residential facility. In order to receive a visit from electoral personnel, electors must have filed an application for the service with the returning officer. However, an elector residing at a residential facility may ask to exercise his right to vote when the election officers are on site if this elector is registered on the electoral list at the address of the facility.

Voting on polling day

On September 4, 2012, polling stations will receive electors from9:30 a.m.to8:00 p.m., at the address mentioned on the reminder card which will be distributed soon to all the province’s electors.

On Election Day, polling places will be, with some exceptions, accessible for persons with reduced mobility. These persons should verify the accessibility with the returning officer’s office of by contacting theDGEInformationCenter. The information can also be found on the Chief Electoral Officer’s Web Site. Furthermore, the returning officer’s offices, the revisions boards and the advance polling stations will provide easy access for people with mobility difficulties.

Identifying electors

It is now standard procedure: electors must provide proof of identity in order to exercise their right to vote, no matter where they choose to do so. Proof of identity may be established by presenting any one of the following documents:

  •    Québec health insurance card
  •    Quebecdriver's licence
  •    Canadian passport
  •    certificate of Indian Status or
  •    Canadian Armed Forces ID.

For more information…

To obtain more information concerning the exercise of one’s right to vote, please consult the voter’s manual joined to the notice “Are you registered on the list of electors?” or the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at

You can also contact the Information Centre at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer by dialling the aforementioned telephone numbers, weekdays from9:00 a.m.to9:00 p.m., and weekends from9:00to5:00 p.m.It should be noticed that theInformationCenterwill receive calls from9:00 a.m.to9:00 p.m.on August 26 and 27 for the advance polling and from8:30 a.m.to9:30 p.m.on September 4, the polling day.


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Categories : Provincial, General election 2012

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