After 39 days of election campaign, Quebec citizens are now called upon to exercise their right to vote throughout the province.
After hearing the candidates ‘proposals, it is now Quebecers’ turn to speak. Voters are invited from 9:30 am to 8 pm to express their choice for the member who will represent them in the National Assembly. The province has 4,000 polling stations in 125 ridings in Quebec.
There were 6,153,465 registered voters on the list of electors on September 28th. To date, Elections Québec reports that 1,103,206 voters voted in advance, or 17.93% of the people on the list. In the last provincial election in 2014, this percentage was 19.27%.
The counting of the advance polls will take place tonight after 8 pm.
Quebeckers will have to choose from 940 candidates who run for one of the 22 political parties that are duly registered or appearing as independents.
There are 375 women candidates (40%) and 565 male candidates (60%). The average age of all candidates is 45 years old. In the elections of April 7, 2014, there were 814 candidates.
At the time of the dissolution of the 41st Parliament, proclaimed by the Lieutenant-Governor on August 23, the distribution of seats in the National Assembly was as follows: 68 deputies for the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), 28 deputies for the Parti Québécois (PQ), 21 MPs for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), 3 MPs for Québec solidaire (QS) and 5 independent MPs.
How to vote?
In Québec, registration on the list of electors at the address of one’s domicile is mandatory to vote. The registration period or change to the list of electors is now complete.
To be able to vote at the polling station, all electors must present one of the accepted forms of identification: Québec driver’s license, Quebec health insurance card, Canadian passport, Indian status certificate or national identity card. Canadian Forces.
The electoral law obliges every employer to grant at least four consecutive hours to his employees to enable them to vote, without any reduction of salary or other sanction.
Voting By The Numbers
- 4000 polling stations
- 125 constituencies
- 30,000 ballot boxes
- 25,000 voting booths
- 60,000 pencils
These elections will cost taxpayers $ 93 million, including $ 48 million in compensation and $ 9 million in reimbursement of election expenses of political parties. Elections Québec employs 84,000 people, including 60,000 on polling day.
Follow the Election Night
On election night, PLQ leader Philippe Couillard will be at the Hotel du Jardin in Saint-Félicien, in the constituency of Roberval, where he is running. For his part, PQ leader Jean-François Lisée will participate in a rally at Usine C in Montreal. For his part, the head of the CAQ, François Legault, will be in Quebec City at the Convention Center. QS co-spokespersons Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois will spend the evening at the Olympia Theater in Montreal.
Bryce Fortino is a Senior Politics Reporter at Spruce Tribune covering state and national politics, . Before joining Spruce Tribune Chronicle, Bryce worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Bryce has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.