Elections and Referendums

November 7, 2021 Municipal Elections

Are you on the voters’ list? Check for yourself on the Elections Quebec website / Click on ”Verify” and go to ”Checking your registration on the list of electors” section, and click on the ”entered on the list of electors” link.

The Returning Officer at the Municipality would like to remind citizens that YOU CANNOT VOTE if you are not on the voters list (unlike the federal election where you could register at the polls on the same day).
Voters will be able to validate their registration with representatives of the Board of Revision of the List of Electors on October 18th and 20th at the Town Hall. Details will follow.

 

List of registered candidates (final list: Oct. 1st, 4:30 p.m.)

Elected position: Mayor

  • Bruno Côté
  • Stansje Plantenga, “Un avenir pour tous à Potton” Party
  • Louis Veillon

Elected Position 1: City Councillor

  • André Ducharme
  • Michel Trudel, “Un avenir pour tous à Potton” Party

Elected Position 2: City Councillor

  • Christine Baudinet, “Un avenir pour tous à Potton” Party
  • Edward Mierzwinski

Elected Position 3: City Councillor

  • Michel Daigneault, “Un avenir pour tous à Potton” Party

Elected Position 4: City Councillor

  • Jacques Hébert

Elected Position 5: City Councillor

  • Cynthia Sherrer

Elected Position 6: City Councillor

  • Jason Ball
ELECTIONS KEY DATES
Steps Important dates for the general municipal elections of November 7, 2021 (see note 1)
Public notice of election No later than September 17, 2021
Last day for sole proprietors and sole occupants to send the municipality a signed writing requesting their registration on the electoral list before it is filed October 3, 2021
Last day for the co-owners and co-occupants to send the municipality a power of attorney to designate a person to be entered on the list of electors before it is filed October 3, 2021
Filing period for declarations of candidacy forms From September 17 to October 1, 2021, until 4:30 p.m.
Period for submitting a request for the revision of the list of electors Potential period: October 16 to 26, 2021 (see note 2)
Revision of the list of electors, if applicable Potential period: October 16 to 28, 2021 (see note 2)
First day to formulate a vote by mail request for voters whose isolation is recommended or ordered by public health authorities October 17, 2021
Last day of receipt of vote by mail request at the office of the Director of Elections October 27, 2021
   
Deadline for receipt of postal ballots by the Director of Elections November 5, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Mandatory advance polling day October 31, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Advance polling days at the choice of the Director of Elections October 30, October 31 and November 6, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
   
Election Day November 7, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Last day to request a count or a new count of the votes at the Court of Quebec 4 days after the counting of votes, which generally corresponds to November 11, 2021
Proclamation of elected persons
  • For those elected without opposition: October 1, 2021, from 4:30 p.m.
  • For those elected by ballot: at the end of the deadline set to request a new count or a new count of the votes at the Court of Quebec, which generally corresponds to November 12, 2021 (see note 4)
Last day for a legal challenge to the election 30 days after the election proclamation (see note 5)
Notes
  1. These dates are established according to the adaptations to the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities and to the By-law on postal voting provided for in the By-law amending certain provisions in municipal matters in order to facilitate the conduct of the municipal general election of November 7, 2021 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic arising from the Act to facilitate the conduct of the municipal general election of November 7, 2021 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. To find out the days fixed for the revision of the list of electors in your municipality, please contact the returning officer.
  3. In the event that the returning officer chooses to hold an advance poll on November 1, it is not possible to simultaneously hold a vote at the office of the returning officer.
  4. In the event that a new count or a new count of the votes is requested from the Court of Quebec, other deadlines apply.
  5. In the event of an alleged electoral fraud, special rules apply.
HOW TO RUN AS A CANDIDATE

Candidates must be nominated for each council seats, and several nominations may be contesting each seat.
Link to Elections Quebec page

Choosing of a position
A person can run for only one position on the municipal council.

Admission condition
To do so, during a general election, the person must have the right to be entered on the municipality’s list of electors and must have resided within that territory continuously or otherwise for at least the last 12 months on September 1 of the year of the general election or, in the case of a by-election, for at least the last 12 months on the date of publication of the notice of election.

Required form
A nomination paper may be obtained from the office of the Director of Elections of the municipality.

Grouping allowed
In the case of municipalities subject to the rules governing the financing of political parties (municipalities with a population of 5 000 or more), candidates can join together in authorized parties. As for the other municipalities, candidates can form tickets recognized by the returning officer.

Period for submitting nomination papers
The period during which the person may file his duly completed nomination paper along with the appropriate documents at the office of the returning officer begins on the 44th day and ends at 4:30 p.m. on the 30th day preceding the day set for the election. Be sure to check the days and times when the office of your Director of Elections is open.
In other words, the declaration of candidacy must be received in the office of the Director of Elections between September 17, 2021 and October 1, 2021, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
On Friday, October 1, the Election Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a continuous basis.

Measures different from those outlined on this page may be in effect for the November 7, 2021, municipal general elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, we will release more specific information. For more information, please consult the Act to facilitate the conduct of the 7 November 2021 municipal general election in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, tabled on April 25, 2021, and the draft by-law arising under this Act, published in the Gazette officielle on April 9, 2021.

Voters: Voting Requirements

To be a qualified elector, you must:

  • be 18 years old on polling day,

AND

  • September 1 in the year of a general election, or at the time of a by-election, at the date on which the writ of election is published:
    • be a Canadian citizen;
    • not be under curatorship;
    • not have been found guilty of an offence that is a corrupt electoral practice;

You are automatically registered on the list of electors if you are meeting one of the following two conditions:

    • be domiciled in the municipality and have been domiciled in Québec for at least six months;
    • have been, for at least 12 months, the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment situated on the territory of the municipality.

Concerning the elector not domiciled in the municipality but owner / co-owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment situated on the territory of the municipality, see the following section of this page.

​Link to Elections Quebec page

Owner/co-owner of an immovable or occupant/co-occupant of a business establishment

An elector who is not domiciled in the municipality, but who is the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment situated on the territory of the municipality, must transmit a signed writing to the municipality asking to have his name added to the list of electors.

Application for Registration: Sole owner of a immovable or sole occupant of a business establishment

Persons who are co-owners of an immovable or co-occupants of a business establishment must designate from among themselves, by means of a power of attorney sent to the municipality, only one person who can be entered on the list of electors.

Power of Attorney for Registration: Designation of the person to register onto the list among the co-owners of a immovable or the co-occupants of a business establishment

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​Link to Elections Quebec page.

 

POSTAL VOTING

On June 7, 2021, the Municipal Council of the Municipality of the Township of Potton cancelled the postal voting for non-residents citizens on the voters list.

HOWEVER, the provincial electoral law allows postal voting for the following:

  • people aged 70 and over on November 7, 2021 and
  • people who must be confined after contracting Covid-19

These persons can fill out this form and return it or send it to the Town Hall for the attention of the Returning Officer of the Municipality.  It’s also possible to register for the Postal Voting by phone: 450 292-3313 ext.0.

Important dates to remember:

Starting now: Voters aged 70 and over on November 7, 2021 can request a postal vote. They have until October 27, 2021 (deadline) to do so.

From October 17, 2021 (NOT BEFORE): Voters whose confinement is recommended or ordered by public health authorities (Covid-19) can request a postal vote.
They have until October 27, 2021 (deadline) to do so.

October 27, 2021: Last day of reception of postal voting requests at the office of the returning officer (at the Town Hall of the municipality)

Please note that this right to vote by mail is not permanent and is only valid for the elections of November 7, 2021.

ADVANCE VOTING
Advance poll days have been added to accommodate citizens:
October 30, October 31 and November 6, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Draft minutes of the June 7, 2021 meeting (in French only)

A by-law respecting voting by mail in accordance with the Municipal Elections and Referendums Act

An Act to facilitate the conduct of the November 7, 2021 Municipal General Election in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic (Bill # 85)

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