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Abroad on Election Day? Here's how to cast your ballot

Attention snowbirds and travelers; if you are outside Québec on October 3rd, you can register to vote by mail or online, under certain conditions.

You can register to vote outside Québec in two ways:

Your application must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, on September 14, 2022.

In either case, you must attach a copy of two pieces of identification and proof of your presence outside Québec, where applicable.

Required conditions To vote outside Québec, you must:

  • Have been domiciled in Québec for at least 12 consecutive months prior to your departure

  • Intend to return to Québec

  • Be outside Québec for less than two years or have a work assignment outside Québec as a part of your employment position with:

    • The Government of Québec or the Government of Canada

    • An international organization of which Québec or Canada is a member and to which it makes a contribution

    • The Canadian Armed Forces

To vote in an election or referendum, you must meet certain conditions:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older on election day

  • You must be a Canadian citizen

  • You must not be under curatorship or have been deprived of your voting rights

Assignment outside Québec

If you are posted outside Québec, your spouse and dependants who meet the general conditions for voting and who live with you can also vote by mail. You must complete an application form for each person who wishes to vote by mail and attach proof of your posting outside Québec.


A primer on voting outside Québec

Once you have registered and the election has been called, you will receive the materials you need to vote:

  1. Instructions on how to vote

  2. A blank ballot paper, on which you yourself will write the name of the candidate for whom you wish to vote

  3. Three envelopes

Later, you will receive a list of candidates.

Élections Québec must receive your ballot no later than 8:00 p.m. on October 3, 2022. You must pay the cost of sending your ballot to Québec. All envelopes sent collect on delivery (C.O.D.) will be refused. You may choose the shipping method you prefer. However, they must receive your ballot paper in time for the counting of the votes on polling day.

Returning to Québec earlier or later than expected

If you return to Québec earlier or later than expected, you must inform Élections Québec. You will no longer be able to vote by mail as of the return date you provided on your application to vote outside Québec. As of that date, you will have to vote in Québec at a polling station. If you return earlier than expected without notifying Élections Québec, you will not be able to vote. They will send your ballot to the address you provided in your application.

SOURCE: Élections Québec

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