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Quebec electors living abroad have till Sept. 14 to register for mail-in voting

Quebec electors living abroad have till Sept. 14 to register for mail-in voting

Elections Quebec urged people who will be outside the province to register as soon as possible to allow time for voting kits to be shipped.

Ballot boxes in the riding of Laurier-Dorion, for the Quebec provincial election on Oct. 1, 2018.
Ballot boxes in the riding of Laurier-Dorion, for the Quebec provincial election on Oct. 1, 2018. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

Voters who will be outside Quebec on polling days can apply to vote by mail in the Oct. 3 provincial election, Elections Quebec said Monday.

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The deadline to register is Sept. 14.

The provincial election agency urged people living abroad to register as soon as possible to allow time for voting kits to be shipped. Their votes are counted in the electoral division where they lived before leaving Quebec.

Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Oct. 3.

To be eligible, a person must have lived in the province for 12 consecutive months at the time of their departure. They must have left Quebec within the past two years, with some exceptions, and intend to return, Elections Quebec said.

The exception to the two-year period applies to people posted outside the province on behalf of the governments of Quebec or Canada, or an international organization of which Quebec or Canada is a member. These people are eligible to vote outside Quebec regardless of the date of their departure.

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Those interested must fill out an application to register to vote outside Quebec, either via an online form or by mail or fax.

For more information, visit the Elections Quebec website.

In the 2018 general election, just over 3,110 electors registered to vote outside Quebec, with requests coming in from 100 countries. 

Quebecers who vote in person will have eight days to cast ballots.

There will be five days of voting at the offices of returning officers (Sept. 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29); two days of advance polling (Sept. 25 and 26); as well as voting on election day itself — Oct. 3.

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