Press Release no 22 - Bringing Voting Closer to Electors: Close to 15,000 Applications for Voting in Residential Facilities and About 7,600 for Domiciliary Voting

    QUEBEC CITY, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - At the end of the periods earmarked
for registration for domiciliary voting or for voting in residential
facilities, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, would
like to announce that close to 15,000 electors who are unable to move about
have applied to vote in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, residential and
long-term care centres (CHSLD) or retirement homes with less than 50
residents, while about 7,600 electors have applied to vote at home in the
advance poll.
    "The number of electors who registered for these new methods of voting
confirms that these methods of voting meet a need and goes to show how
accessible the 2007 elections will be," declared Me Blanchet.
    For the first time in the history of elections in Québec, electors are
able to vote at home, or in certain residential facilities that the Chief
Electoral Officer does not visit "automatically" for the advance poll.
Electors could take advantage of domiciliary voting by filing a written
application containing a declaration that they were unable to move about for
health reasons. A similar procedure was possible for persons residing in a
hospital, a rehabilitation centre, a residential and long-term care centre or
a retirement home with less than 50 residents. In the case of retirement
homes, a certain number of electors could be added to the persons who are
already registered when the representatives of the Chief Electoral Officer
visit the facility.
    The returning officer of the electoral division is responsible for
drawing up the schedule and informing every elector who is registered for
domiciliary voting or for voting in residential facilities of the date and
time when the polling officers will visit. Domiciliary voting can take place
on March 16, 17, 20, 21, and on March 22 until 2 p.m., while voting "upon
request" in residential facilities will take place on March 17th and 20th.
    -%SU: CPN
    -%RE: 1

For further information:

For further information: Denis Dion, Information Officer, (418)
644-3320, 1-888-870-3320,

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