APRIL 7, 2014 UPDATE: The Liberal Party wins a majority government, earning 70 of the Quebec National Assembly's 125 seats, with former neurosurgeon and current Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard earning the title of Quebec Prime Minister. Meanwhile, now former minority government party the Parti Québécois arguably experienced one of the harshest voter backlashes in its history. More on what happened at the 2014 Quebec Elections.
Who can vote?
You can vote in a Quebec provincial election, choosing the candidate running in your electoral division whom you want to represent you at the National Assembly, if you are:
- a Canadian citizen
- at least 18 years old on election day
- currently domiciled in Quebec, have been in the province for at least six months and intend on staying in Quebec over the long term
- not under curatorship (i.e., deemed by a Court to be unfit to care for oneself and one's property)
- not deprived of your election rights (i.e., ruled by a Court in violation of the Election Act)
- registered on the list of electors
- were living in Quebec at least 12 consecutive months prior to departure
- have been outside of Quebec for two years or less and intend on returning (exceptions apply)
- fill out this form (registration period ends March 19, 2014)
How do I find out if I'm registered to vote?
Registered voters are expected to receive as of March 16, 2014 a notice by mail confirming their personal information and polling station location. You can also check if your name is on the list of electors with this online service by entering your name, date of birth, postal code and number of your residential building. Or call 1-888-ELECTION (1-888-353-2846) for live verification.
How do I register to vote or correct an error?
If you're not on the list of electors, you'll have to register in person at the closest revision office. You'll also have to visit your assigned revision office if you are registered but notice an error in your personal information. A spouse, relative or someone who lives with you can also go to the office on your behalf. Find out where the revision office assigned to your area is located.
When can I go to my revision office?
Revision offices are open March 26 to April 3, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Note that if indisposed, spouses, relatives and roommates can go to the revision office on your behalf BUT they can only do so from March 17 to March 25, 2014. Also, those interested in voting in the advance polls on March 30 and March 31, 2014 MUST ensure they're registered to vote and have corrected any errors to their file before advance poll voting days.
Remember to bring two pieces of I.D., one with your name and date of birth (e.g., birth certificate, medicare card, etc.) and the other with your name and address (e,g., phone bill, driver's license, etc.) in order to fill out an application for elector list entry or correction. If your spouse or someone living with you is registering you on your behalf, ensure they do so at your assigned revision office by March 25, 2014.
Where do I vote?
Find out where your polling station is located by checking online.
When do I vote?
The 2014 election is on Monday, April 7, 2014 but there's also advance polling on March 30 and March 31, 2014. Just check the election schedule for dates. Polling stations across Quebec are open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Should I bring I.D.?
Yes, you must prove your identity at the polling station. To vote, you'll need to present your:
- medicare card
- driver’s license
- Canadian passport
- certificate of Indian status, or
- Canadian Forces I.D.
What is Elections Quebec?
Responsible for administering all provincial and municipal elections, including general and by-elections, school board elections and referendums, Elections Quebec is an unbiased, non-partisan independent agency appointed by and reporting directly to the National Assembly and carries out electoral activities in accordance with the Elections Act.
For more information on voting in Quebec provincial elections, call Elections Quebec at 1-888-ELECTION (1-888-353-2846).