Press Release no 17 - New Version - 11,494 Québec Electors Residing in About One Hundred Countries Have Registered to "Vote Outside Québec"



    QUEBEC CITY, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chief Electoral Officer of
Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, would like to announce that 11,494 electors who
are temporarily absent from Québec have registered to vote by correspondence
in the general elections of March 26, 2007. These electors reside or will be
residing in about 100 countries on all continents when polling takes place.
The figure of 11,494 is double the 5,531 electors who were registered to "vote
outside Québec" during the general elections of April 14, 2003. However, the
figure is lower than the 16,606 registrations received during the general
elections of November 30, 1998.
    With 8,856 electors, Florida accounts for the lion's share of electors
registered to vote outside Québec in the upcoming elections. In addition,
three electoral divisions have over 300 registrations each: Louis-Hébert (362)
and Jean-Talon (316) in the Québec City region as well as Bertrand (328),
north of Montreal.
    The mailing of ballot papers began the day the elections were called,
i.e., on February 21st. So far, a total of 10,500 ballot papers have been sent
to electors outside Québec.
    When electors complete their ballot papers, they must indicate the
surname and given name of the candidate of their choice in the electoral
division of their last domicile in Québec. They may also indicate the name of
the political party if they so desire.
    The list of candidates that will be mailed to electors outside Québec
latest March 12, 2007, is also available on the Website of the Chief Electoral
Officer at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca. Electors have to ensure that their
completed ballot papers are received at the office of the Chief Electoral
Officer by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, 2007, when polling stations are
scheduled to close in Québec. Only ballot papers received by this deadline
will be counted.
    After polling stations close on polling day, the deputy returning
officer, assisted by the poll clerk, will count the votes received. Every
authorized party may appoint a representative to monitor this process. Since
electors will be voting for candidates in the electoral divisions in which
they were domiciled immediately prior to their departure from Québec, the
results will then be sent to the returning officers of the electoral divisions
concerned.
    Tables showing the number of electors registered to "vote outside Québec"
by electoral division and by country, can be accessed by clicking the
"Documentation and history" link (left column on the home page) on the Website
of the Chief Electoral Officer and selecting the document "Number of Electors
Registered to Vote Outside Québec."
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For further information:

For further information: Myriam Régnier, Information Officer, (418)
644-3320, 1-888-870-3320, mregnier@dgeq.qc.ca

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