Elections and Referendums

Elections

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
Last day to send the postal ballots to the voter October 28, 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;

And at that same date (September 1st or date of publication of the notice of election), you must meet 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.

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.

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.

​Link to Elections Quebec page.

 

POSTAL VOTING

The Municipal Council of the Municipality of the Township of Potton adopted two new resolutions at the regular meeting held on June 7, 2021:

  • In accordance with the new provincial bill recently tabled in the National Assembly, voters who are 70 years of age or older on polling day will be able to vote by mail if they so request.
  • Council cancelled the postal voting for non-residents citizens on the voters list.

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)

THE PERMANENT LIST OF ELECTORS

To exercise your right to vote, you must, at the time of voting, be an elector or a qualified voter of the municipality and be entered on the list of electors drawn up for the purposes of the municipal election.

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

  • On September 1st , be domiciled in the municipality and have been domiciled in Québec for at least six months;
  • On September 1st, have been, for at least 12 months, the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment located on the territory of the municipality.

An elector who is not domiciled in the municipality, but who is the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment located 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.

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.

The electoral list will be drawn up during the month of September and revised on a regular basis until October 8, 2021.

About the permanent list of electors, please click here.

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