Get Out and Vote – Montreal Advanced Voting Has Begun!
Montreal Advanced Voting – After one of the tightest and controversial election campaigns in a while, some polling stations are ready to receive voters. And hopefully, people who have been very vocal with their opinions, will put their concerns to work – by filling out a ballot and not sitting at home.
In the past, voter turnout for municipal elections has been traditionally low – but this election is expected to see many Montrealers getting out and voting. It is mostly due to the tight race between incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre of Équipe Coderre and Valérie Plante, leader of city hall’s official opposition party Projet Montréal – who has shown very significant progress throughout the entire campaign. The latest polls have them neck-and-neck for the Mayoral seat, with Plante gaining more ground each day. It’s anyone’s guess at this time.
Although the official date for Montreal’s general election is on Sunday November 5th, voting has already begun with advanced polling stations opening for those unable to vote that day. On Friday October 27th, constituents were able to vote at their borough’s returning officer’s location – and have other opportunities on October 29th (from noon to 8:00pm) as well as the 30th and 31st (from 10:00am to 8:00pm) and on November 1st (from 10:00am to 2:00pm).
On November 5th election day, all the other polling stations will be open from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
You should have received a ‘reminder card’ by October 23rd which indicates when and where you can vote in you borough. All polling stations are accessible and safe for persons with reduced mobility.
Remember to bring with your reminder card, which will help the election officers quickly find your name on the list. And to vote, you will need to establish your identity by presenting one of the following documents:
– Health insurance card
– Driver’s licence
– Canadian passport
– Certificate of lndian status
– Canadian Forces Identification card.
Once there, you can expect the following:
Step 1: An election official checks your entry on the list of electors.
Step 2: You identify yourself and show a piece of ID.
Step 3: You are given ballot papers.
Step 4: You go to the booth where you can make your choice confidentially. You mark the ballot papers in only one of the circles using only the pencil that will be provided to you by the deputy returning officer.
Step 5: Return to the table after voting.
Step 6: Personally deposit your ballot papers in the ballot box.
*Use of personal pencil is forbidden.
*No ballot paper may be rejected for the sole reason that the mark made in one of the circles extends beyond the circle, as long as the mark does not intersect with another circle.
Make sure you take advantage of the right you have been given – to have a say on how your city is run. For any further information and details go to:
Bonnie Wurst – mtltimes.ca