Press Release no 15 - General Elections of March 26, 2007 - About 140,000 Electors Would Have to Modify Their Entries on the List of Electors



    QUEBEC CITY, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chief Electoral Officer of
Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, believes that about 140,000 Québec electors could
modify their entries on the list of electors during the revision exercise that
will begin on Monday, March 5, 2007, in view of the general elections of March
26, 2007. This figure represents about 2.5% of the total number of electors
entered on the list of electors. Based on experience from previous elections,
most of the modifications to the list of electors will be made by persons who
have moved and whose change of address was not communicated to the Chief
Electoral Officer. The second most frequent type of modification should be new
entries. An initial "revision operation" will take place from March 5 to 13 in
the 125 electoral divisions in Québec. This will be followed by a special
revision period running from March 14 to March to 22, 2007, at 2 p.m., which
will give a last opportunity to persons who did not visit a board of revisors
to update their information.
    "The revision process may come across as a mere technical formality but
it is of immense importance because an elector whose name does not appear on
the list of electors of his or her polling subdivision quite simple does not
have a right to vote. The existence of erroneous information on the list of
electors can also lead to difficulties when it comes time to vote. It is
therefore important for every elector to ensure that they are entered on the
list of electors and that the information is correct," explained Me Blanchet.

    Distribution of 3.6 Million Notices of Entry

    It is mainly by consulting the notice of entry that is distributed to
every address in Québec that electors can verify information about them that
appears on the list of electors. Over 3.6 million of these notices are being
distributed throughout Québec.
    The notice of entry shows the names of all electors entered on the list
of electors at a given address or, if necessary, states that no elector is
entered at that address. In addition to entries regarding the names of
electors entered, it is necessary to also pay special attention to other
information on the notice, especially the address.
    The reverse of this notice also contains very important information. It
shows the dates, times and place where the boards of revisors will be sitting.
    Furthermore, information regarding the advance poll and complete contact
information and opening hours of the office of the returning officer of the
electoral division are also indicated.
    In addition, the notice of entry is mailed together with the Voter's
Manual that provides a wealth of information on the general election.

    Accessible and Easy-to-find Boards of Revisors

    To apply for entry, correction or striking off, electors have to visit a
board of revisors that is set up by the returning officer. The address of the
board of revisors to which an elector is assigned is indicated on the
elector's notice of entry. The list of addresses of the boards of revisors for
each electoral division is also published in newspapers. Electors can also
find the address of their board of revisors by consulting the Website of the
Chief Electoral Officer at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca, and entering the postal
code and civic number of their domicile in the appropriate fields on the home
page. It is also possible to get this information by contacting the Info
Centre at 1 888 ELECTION (1 888 353-2846).
    Boards of revisors are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
    An application can be made by the elector personally, or by a spouse, a
relative or anyone who cohabits with the elector. Applications for entry must
be accompanied by two identification documents one of which must mention the
name and date of birth of the elector concerned, while the other must bear the
name and address of the elector's domicile.

    New: Mobile Revision

    For the first time in a general election in Québec, mobile boards of
revisors can visit residential facilities (healthcare facilities or retirement
homes). This revision will take place "automatically" or "upon request,"
depending on the type of facility concerned. If the mobile revision will be
"upon request," the request must be submitted to the office of the returning
officer latest March 13, 2007.
    Anyone requiring further information on the revision of the list of
electors or on any other issue concerning the general elections of March 26,
2007 is invited to consult the special "General Elections" section of the
Website of the Chief Electoral Officer at: www.electionsquebec.qc.ca, or to
contact the Info Centre at the following numbers:

    418 528-0422 - Québec City region or
    1 888 ELECTION (1 888 353-2846) - outside
    418 646-0644 or 1 800 537-0644 - TDD
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For further information:

For further information: Denis Dion, Information Officer, (418) 644-3320
or 1-888-870-3320, ddion@dgeq.qc.ca

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