Temporarily Absent Québec Voters

Posted date : Mar 26, 2007.Back to list

General Elections of March 26, 2007


Québec City, February 21, 2007 –– Marcel Blanchet, Québec's Chief Electoral Officer, wishes to inform persons who are qualified electors in Québec but are currently residing outside Québec that they may vote by correspondence in the general elections of March 26th if, at the time of their departure, they had been domiciled in Québec for 12 months.

This measure applies to electors who have left Québec temporarily within the last two years and who intend to return. They may vote by correspondence for a candidate in the electoral division in which they are domiciled in Québec. To do this, they must complete the registration form and return it to the Chief Electoral Officer within the time allowed. Eligible electors will then receive a ballot paper, sent to their address outside Québec, along with the information they need to vote.

To be able to exercise the right to vote outside Québec, the person must be a qualified elector – in other words, he or she must be 18 years of age on polling day, be a Canadian citizen, and have been domiciled in Québec for 12 months before the date of departure. In addition, he or she must not be under curatorship and must not be deprived of voting rights.

Given the relatively short duration of the election period, electors have only a few days in which to register for the vote by correspondence. In the case of the forthcoming general elections, completed registration forms must be received by the Chief Electoral Officer, at his office, with the required supporting documents by March 7, 2007. It is therefore important to proceed without delay.

The registration form may be downloaded from the Chief Electoral Officer's website at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca, and may also be obtained by contacting the Chief Electoral Officer's Information Centre:

By telephone: 418-528-0422
1-888-ÉLECTION (1-888-353-2846)
(toll-free in Canada and the United States)

By fax: 418-643-3829

By mail: Vote des électeurs hors Québec
Le Directeur général des élections
Édifice René-Lévesque
3460, rue de La Pérade
Québec (Québec) G1X 3Y5

The two-year limit on absences does not apply to electors who are posted outside Québec to a position with the Gouvernement du Québec, the Government of Canada or an international organization mentioned in the Act, nor does it apply to the spouse or dependents of an elector, provided they are themselves electors.

Electors posted outside Québec must provide proof of their posting in addition to the other supporting documents required on the registration form.

Mr. Blanchet asks anyone with relatives or friends who have been temporarily absent from Québec for two years or less and who, at the time of their departure, were domiciled in an electoral division of Québec, to inform the people in question that they may vote by correspondence in the general elections of March 26th.

Source:Myriam Régnier
Information Officer
418-644-3320 or 1-888-870-3320

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