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Voting at home if necessary

  The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, would like to remind all electors with reduced mobility that they can exercise their right to vote at their home or in a residential facility. However, an application must be addressed to the returning officer by March 24 at the latest for voting at home and by March 25 for mobile polling in a residential facility. In it the elector must certify that he or she is unable to move about for health reasons. A witness must sign this declaration.A caregiver living at the same address as the elector is entitled to vote at the same time if s/he files an application to this effect. Only one caregiver is entitled to vote in this way.The application may be transmitted by regular mail, fax, or an electronic process involving the reproduction of an electronic signature. If an elector is unable to sign the declaration, a spouse, a parent or a person cohabiting with the elector may sign instead. The caregiver of an elector who can vote at home may submit a written application or do it by telephone.Polling station personnel will visit electors on March 28 and 29 and on April 1, 2, and 3. The returning officer will let them know at what time the visit will take place.Electors exercising their right to vote at home, like all other electors, must be registered on the list of electors before they can vote. Electors who realize that they may be eligible to vote at their domicile and who are not registered on the list of electors may ask a board of revisors to come to their place of residence.Mobile polling is also available for electors who are unable to move about and who are lodged in a facility registered with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. In this case as well, electoral personnel will go to the facility where the electors reside so they may exercise their right to vote. Those wishing to avail themselves of this option simply have to ask the returning officer for permission to do so by telephone or in writing, by March 25, 2014, at the latest.It is easy to find the name and the address or the returning officer on the Elections Québec website at monvote.qc.ca/en/ On the right side of the page, under the title "Important information," click on "Information on electoral divisions" and on the name of the one which interests you.For more information concerning how to exercise one's right to vote, please feel free to consult the section entitled "General Election" on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, at monvote.qc.ca/en/You may also contact the Information Centre at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer by telephone at 1 888 353-2846, weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. These extended hours are in effect throughout the election period.

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