Advance voting starts today in Montreal
Montrealers can cast their ballots for the municipal election as early as today at the election office in each borough.
The regular advance polling day is actually Sunday in Montreal, as it is everywhere across Quebec. That day, you can vote from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the polling station indicated on your yellow election reminder card.
But for the first time this year, voters have four more days to cast their ballots — today, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — at 25 election offices.
Pierre G. Laporte, the spokesperson for the returning officer, says the extra days are part of a pilot project designed to boost voter turnout numbers, which for the past two municipal elections has lingered below 40 per cent in Montreal.
"We asked the government the possibility of having a pilot project considering that we are in a big city and there are many people who don't have regular working hours," Laporte says. "For them, sometimes, it's very complicated to go vote on Sunday. So we wanted to have more opportunities for all voters, and hopefully, that will have an influence on the participation rate."
Voters are being reminded to bring a proof of ID (drivers licence, medicare card, Canadian passport) when they go vote. The yellow reminder card isn't needed; it's merely to inform people that they're on the voters' list, and where their polling station is (for this coming Sunday's official advance poll, and for election day on Nov. 3).
If you've misplaced that card and don't know where to vote, you can find out where your polling station is at the city's main election web site.