Elections and Referendums

Elections

ELECTIONS KEY DATE
The following are the remaining key dates for the upcoming elections, as they will happen:

September 22 to October 6 :  during this period, candidates may file their nomination paper. See details under “Candidates”

October 1, 2017 :  this is the deadline for non-resident to register to be on the electoral list. See details under “Electors”

October 1, 2017 :  this is also the deadline to file a request to vote by mail (non-resident only)

October 6, 2017 :  this is the deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers, before 4:30 pm at the Town Hall

October  4, 2017:  this will be the date when the electoral list will be officially filed (See “Electoral List” for details)

October 18 to October 20 :  during those three day the Board of reviewer will be opened to the Electors (see Electoral List for details); thus :

  • October 20, 2017 will be the last day to register for the vote by mail, if not done already (before 10 pm)
  • October 20, 2017 :  wil also be last day for any elector to ask to register, to amend or to withdraw an entry on the Electoral List

 

October  23, 2017 :  on this date the ballot papers will be mailed to voter having elected to vote by mail

October 29, 2017, Sunday : Advance polls at the Town Hall, 2 Vale Perkins in Mansonville, from noon to 8 pm

November 3, 2017 : last day that ballot received by mail will be accepted

November 5, 2017 : official voting day.

 

All information on this website concerning the 2017 elections is given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge; it reflects laws and regulations currently in force. However, it cannot replace the writing in these laws and regulations. In case of doubts, one must refer to the lawful texts. The Township assumes no responsibility regarding the interpretation and the exactness of this information on its website.

 

CANDIDATES

During the Elections, the electors will elect a mayor and six (6) councillors. Candidates must be nominated for each council seats, and several nominations may be contesting each seat.

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES:

YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE FORM TO DESIGNATE A REPRESENTATIVE OR A POLL RUNNER HERE

Form to designate a representative or poll runner

ELECTORAL LIST:

Candidates may request copies of the revised Electoral list directly from the Returning officer; a set number of copies are permitted as follows:

  • candidates for mayor: 5 copies
  • candidates for councilliors, 2 copies
WARNING:

article 659.1 « No person may use, communicate or allow to be communicated, for purposes other than those provided for in this Act, or communicate or allow to be communicated to a person not legally entitled thereto, any information contained in a list of electors or referendum list or in a list of qualified voters entitled to have their names entered on a referendum list. ».

 

Eligibility:

To be eligible, a candidate must satisfy the requirements to be on the Electoral List (see the section Electoral List) and, in addition :
must have been domiciled for the last 12 months before September 1, 2017, in the Township of Potton, either continuously or not.
Other conditions relating to specific circumstance can be consulted in the following document:

Candidates (French only)

 

All information on this website concerning the 2017 elections is given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge; it reflects laws and regulations currently in force. However, it cannot replace the writing in these laws and regulations. In case of doubts, one must refer to the lawful texts. The Township assumes no responsibility regarding the interpretation and the exactness of this information on its website.

WHO CAN VOTE: ELECTORS

The law recognizes two sets of electors in a municipality:

  1. Those having their permanent residence in the Municipality – referred to and hereafter as “domiciled”; and
  2. Those who own property in the Municipality, but whose primary and permanent residence is elsewhere in Quebec

Domiciled electors have an automatic right to vote, subject to the conditions below. See the section “Non-residents – you can vote” to get more details on domiciled electors and how their are in most circumstances automatically reigstered on the electoral list.

CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO VOTE, IRRESPECTIVE OF BEING DOMICILED OR NON RESIDENT:

AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 (except where differently noted), you must :

  1. Be 18 years of age as of November 5, 2017
  2. Be a canadian Citizen
  3. Not be under curatorship
  4. Not be disqualified from voting

AND YOU MUST ALSO COMPLY WITH ONE OF THE TWO REQUIREMENT BELOW :

  1. You must be domiciled in the Township of Potton AND for the last 6 months also in Quebec        OR
  2. You must be, for at least the last 12 months, an owner of :
    1. a property situated in the Township of Potton,        OR
    2. an occupant of a business establishment situated in the Township of Potton

 

IN ADDITION, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED ON THE ELECTORAL LIST.

If you satisfy all conditions above but your name is not on the Electoral List, you will NOT be able to vote.

Read about non-residents in the section “Non-residents – you can vote” and about the “Electoral List” in the other sections to make sure you are indeed registered on the Electoral List.

It is your responsability and yours alone, whether you are domiciled or not (non-resident) to ensure that your name is on the Electoral List.

 

Notice concerning domiciled residents (permanent resident in potton) :

To determine the status of being domiciled in Potton, both your driver’s license and your Medicare card must be registered to the same address in Potton. In this case you are deemed a permanent, i.e. domiciled resident, making your registration on the electoral list automatic; nothing further needs to be done. If you are permanently living in Potton, but one or both of these documents show a different address, you might have a problem and you will need to call the Directeur général des élections du Québec at 1 888 353-2846 so solve it. Please don’t communicate with the Municipality for this issue as we will not be able to assist you.

All information on this website concerning the 2017 elections is given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge; it reflects laws and regulations currently in force. However, it cannot replace the writing in these laws and regulations. In case of doubts, one must refer to the lawful texts. The Township assumes no responsibility regarding the interpretation and the exactness of this information on its website.

NON RESIDENTS - YOU CAN VOTE

Non resident must apply to be registered on the Electoral list; once an application est made, the registration is effective until one of two events happens:

  • The registration is revoked
  • The information concerning the registration has changed in any way (sole owner, co-owners, different owners etc.)

It is up to the non-resident electors to apply for registration (new entry on the list) or for a change in the registration (for reasons noted as above).

It is mandatory to be registered on the electoral list to be able to vote (not registered = not allowed to vote)

The forms to be used by non-residents to register in order to be listed on the electoral list are provided below. Please read carefully the explanatory notice concerning non residents at the botton of the page by clicking here.

To register as a non resident that is sole owner, use this form:

To register as non residents that are co-owners AND to designate one of the co-owners to vote OR to change the designated co-owner already registered, use this form:

If you have previously registered on the electoral list (i.e. in 2013 or before) but your non-resident status has changed (such as address, name of the property owner, or designated co-owner) you will need to make a change in your registration by using the appropriate form above; ortherwise, it is not necessay to do anything.

 

Please note that on the reverse page of each of the forms there is a further entry to enable you to register to vote by mail. You must also sign this part if you wish to vote by mail. If you have done so in the past, it is unnecessary to do it again.

If you are registered for the electoral list but did not register to vote by mail, you can use the appropriate form above to renew your registration, this time completing the part for voting by mail.

Explanatory notice for Non-Residents (i.e non permanent resident of Potton also called non domiciled):

A property owner that is domiciled elsewhere than in Potton may still have the right to vote in the upcoming municipal elections. An example of this are owners of secondary residences such as cottages, condos and also vacant lot owners (unbuilt land).

To exercise your right to vote in an election, a non-resident must register directly at the Municipality (the Township of Potton); actual residents (domiciled) can’t register at the Municipality. Please note that as a non resident you can’t register with the Directeur général des élections du Québec. It’s the Municipality who will register non-residents on the electoral list (form required).

Only one vote per property is permitted for non-residents – therefore co-owners must give a power of attorney to one owner only, who will be on the electoral list and who will vote.

All non-residents registered on the electoral list for whom the status did not change since the 2013 elections will remain registered and no further action is required.

Your status may have changed if:

  • There was a change in the civic address of your property (moved away, change in the civic number)
  • There is a change in the co-owners (death, estate or property sale)
  • Non resident status has changed to permanent, i.e. domiciled)

In case of doubts, please contact the Township at (450) 292-3313

All information on this website concerning the 2017 elections is given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge; it reflects laws and regulations currently in force. However, it cannot replace the writing in these laws and regulations. In case of doubts, one must refer to the lawful texts. The Township assumes no responsibility regarding the interpretation and the exactness of this information on its website.

THE ELECTORAL LIST
VOTERS:

The Board of review of the electoral list has completed its work. The electoral list is final. Only voters on this list can cast a ballot on the voting days.

CANDIDATES:

Candidates may request copies of the revised Electoral list directly from the Returning officer; a set number of copies are permitted as follows:

  • candidates for mayor: 5 copies
  • candidates for councilliors, 2 copies

Please note that the Electoral list will be available only from Tuesday October 24, 2017, 10 am.

WARNING:

article 659.1 « No person may use, communicate or allow to be communicated, for purposes other than those provided for in this Act, or communicate or allow to be communicated to a person not legally entitled thereto, any information contained in a list of electors or referendum list or in a list of qualified voters entitled to have their names entered on a referendum list. ».

All information on this website concerning the 2017 elections is given in good faith and to the best of our knowledge; it reflects laws and regulations currently in force. However, it cannot replace the writing in these laws and regulations. In case of doubts, one must refer to the lawful texts. The Township assumes no responsibility regarding the interpretation and the exactness of this information on its website.

The Law - who can vote

Here is a reference to the law concerning domiciled and non domiciled persons:

58. A person who, on 1 September of the calendar year in which a general election is to be held, is an elector in several capacities shall be registered in only one capacity according to the following order of preference:

  1. as a domiciled person;
  2. as the sole owner of an immovable;
  3. as the sole occupant of a business establishment;
  4. as an undivided co-owner of an immovable;
  5. as a co-occupant of a business establishment.

Where several immovables are contemplated in subparagraph 2 or 4 of the first paragraph, the immovable with the highest property value shall be the immovable considered. Where several business establishments are contemplated in subparagraph 3 or 5 of the said paragraphs, the business establishment having the highest rental value is chosen..

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