General election on September 4, 2012 - Voting by mail for electors who are temporarily absent from Québec

The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, wishes to inform electors from Québec that they may register as of now to vote by mail if they expect to be outside the province on election day (September 4, 2012) and during advance polling (August 26 and 27, 2012), and if they are unable to vote at the office of the returning officer on any of the following five days: August 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 2012. Electors concerned by this measure have been temporarily outside Québec for a period of two years or less and intend to return to Québec. During the by-election, electors will be able to vote by mail provided that they are registered on the list of electors outside Québec. The registration form may be downloaded from the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at Applications must be received at the offices of the Chief Electoral Officer by midnight of August 15, 2012 at the latest. It should be noted that the period of two years or less does not apply to electors posted outside Québec by the following employers: the government of Québec, the government of Canada, or any international agency or organization of which Québec or Canada is a member and to which one or the other pays a contribution. Nor does the aforementioned time frame apply to the spouse of the elector concerned, nor to persons in his or her care, if the latter are qualified electors. Electors posted outside Québec must provide, among other documents, a certificate attesting to their posting outside Québec. Mr. Drouin wishes to remind all concerned that electors having left Québec within a period of two years or less may at any time register in order to vote by mail during a general election, by-election, or referendum. For electors: the Information Centre Would you like to check your entry on the list of electors? Would you like to know where to vote? In addition to checking the notice of entry or the reminder card, it is possible to obtain a wealth of information on a variety of topics by contacting the Information Centre of the Chief Electoral Officer. The Centre is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. These extended hours will take effect starting today and will continue throughout the election period. All requests for documents can also be addressed to the Information Centre by calling 418-528-0422 for the Quebec City region, 1-888-353-2846 outside Quebec City, 1-800-537-0644 for the hearing impaired or by e-mailng [email protected]. For everyone: the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer Electors and journalists will be able to obtain all of the information as the election period unfolds by consulting the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer. On the Website at, all relevant information is found in a special section devoted to the general election. The information is presented in complete, easy-to-consult sections. This information showcase will go on-line today and will be updated regularly throughout the election period. Other information will be added over the course of the election period. In addition to the list of candidates, electors can locate the revision office and polling station to which they are assigned, by simply entering the postal code and civic number of their domicile in the spaces provided. It will also be possible to check whether a name is correctly entered on the list of electors or to apply on-line for a job as an election officer in each of the electoral divisions.