Press release no. 4 - June 22, 2009 by-elections - Various options are available to electors to exercise their right to vote



    QUEBEC, May 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of
Québec, would like to remind electors that various options are available to
them to exercise their right to vote, in preparation for the June 22, 2009
by-elections in the electoral divisions of Rivière-du-Loup and
Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Mr. Blanchet also wishes to recall that one of the
prerequisites to be able to exercise their right to vote is to be entered on
the list of electors. Electors will thus be able to vote on polling day or
take advantage of advance polling.
    "Exercising their right to vote is the first step that electors should
take to participate in our democracy, a step that allows them to express
themselves and have an impact, " recalled Mr. Blanchet. "I therefore invite
the electors of the electoral divisions of Rivière-du-Loup and
Marguerite-Bourgeoys to show an interest in the debates that will be held
during the election period and to take advantage of the privilege they have to
be able to go vote."

    Entry on the list of electors

    A person can be entered on the list of electors if he or she is a
qualified elector, i.e., if, on polling day, he or she is 18 years old, is a
Canadian citizen and has been domiciled in Québec for at least six months or,
in the case of an elector who would like to vote outside Québec, if he or she
has been domiciled in Québec for 12 months before his or her date of
departure. In addition, the person must not be under curatorship or be
disqualified from voting.
    Every elector is responsible for ensuring that his or her name appears on
the list of electors, and that it is entered correctly. For this purpose, a
notice of entry will be sent to every address of Québec. This notice contains
information about electors who are registered at that address or mentions,
where applicable, that no elector is entered there.
    It is therefore very important to examine this notice and to keep it,
since it also contains other important information for the exercise of your
right to vote.
    It is during the revision period which starts on June 1st that electors
can submit an application for entry on, correction to or striking off the list
of electors. In addition to the regular boards of revisors which will receive
electors up until June 9th, mobile boards of revisors will visit certain
healthcare facilities and retirement homes identified in the register of the
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. They can also go to the
domicile of electors who are unable to move about for health reasons.

    Advance polling

    Advance polling will take place on Sunday, June 14th and Monday, June
15th, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Electors who would like to take advantage of
this poll must remember that fewer polling stations are available for advance
polling than on polling day and that it is possible that there will be some
waiting involved. Experience from past elections has also shown that this
waiting is more likely to occur when advance polling stations open.
    Advance polling will also be held in the healthcare facilities and
retirement homes identified in the register of the Ministère de la Santé et
des Services sociaux.
    Access to voting will also be facilitated for electors who are unable to
move about for health reasons, since they will be able to take part in advance
polling at their domicile. These people will have to submit the appropriate
application to the returning officer of their electoral division by no later
than this June 8th. Voting will take place on June 12 and 13, as well as on
June 16, 17 and 18, 2009, at 2 p.m.

    Voting at the office of the returning officer

    As was the case during the last general election, it will be possible for
all electors to vote at the office of the returning officer of their electoral
division or at the secondary office set up in the electoral division. Electors
will be able to take part in this voting on June 12th and 13th, as well as on
June 16th, 17th and 18th, up to 2 p.m.

    Voting on polling day (regular voting)

    Polling stations will receive electors from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on
June 22nd.
    As has now become a well-established practice, electors will have to
identify themselves in order to exercise their right to vote. It will be
possible to do so by presenting one of the following documents:

    - Québec health insurance card;
    - Driver's licence;
    - Canadian passport;
    - Certificate of Indian Status; or
    - Canadian Armed Forces ID.

    To learn more...

    For more information on exercising your right to vote, you can consult
the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address:
www.electionsquebec.qc.ca
    Information can also be obtained from the Information Centre of the Chief
Electoral Officer on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on weekends from
12 noon to 5:00 p.m. These extended hours will go into effect starting today
and will continue throughout the election period. All requests for documents
can also be addressed to the Information Centre.

    
    To reach the Information Centre:

    By telephone: 418-528-0422 - Québec City region
                  1 888 ELECTION (1 888 353-2846) - outside Québec City
                  1 800 537-0644 (for the hearing impaired)

    By e-mail:    info@electionsquebec.qc.ca
    
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For further information:

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

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