Quebecers go to the polls

Quebecers go to the polls

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Polling stations have been open since 9:30 a.m. Monday to welcome the more than 6 million Quebecers who must go to the polls to choose a new government. 

The 3,902 polling stations in the province's 125 ridings will be open until 8 p.m.

At the end of an election campaign that lasted five weeks, Quebecers must elect the 43rd government in the history of Quebec. A total of 881 people are candidates.

The party of outgoing Premier François Legault (Coalition avenir Québec) is notably up against the Liberal Party of Québec, Québec solidaire, the Parti Québécois and the Conservative Party of Québec.

Remember that to vote, all citizens over the age of 18 must be registered on the list of electors. 

It is not mandatory to have the notice of registration or the reminder card in hand to vote. However, you must bring one of the accepted pieces of identification.

More than 24% of registered voters have already voted in advance to cast their vote.

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Élections Québec has had to redouble its efforts over the past few days to find election personnel while some ridings lacked employees. 

This was particularly the case in Mégantic, Mont-Royal—Outremont , d'Arcy-McGee, L'Assomption, Beauharnois, Hull or Pontiac.

In an interview with TVA Nouvelles on Monday morning, Julie St-Arnaud Drolet, spokesperson for Élections Québec, assured that “the vote is not compromised anywhere”.

“There are about ten constituencies where recruitment has been difficult and we have also had withdrawals, in particular due to COVID-19” , she explained, specifying that Élections Québec trains citizens as “substitutes” so as to have replacements in the event of withdrawal on the day of the vote.

The electoral personnel arrive on site about a hour before the opening of the polling places, and does not leave until all the ballots have been counted.

According to Ms. St-Arnaud Drolet, the first Third figures should be known around 9 p.m.