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Last day to register to vote abroad in Quebec election

08/15/2012 02:07 EDT | Updated 10/15/2012 05:12 EDT
The deadline is fast approaching for Quebec electors to register for a mail-in ballot if they're living outside the province.

The chief electoral officer must receive applications by midnight tonight.

Anyone who is eligible to vote in the Sept. 4 election can cast a ballot from abroad provided they register on time.

All that's required is to fax or email a form from the chief electoral officer's website, plus copies of two documents: an official one that shows the voter's name and date of birth (for example a passport, birth certificate, health card or citizenship certificate), plus something that shows name and address (e.g. a driver's licence, lease or utility bill).

Any eligible voter who has been outside Quebec for less than two years and intends to return qualifies to cast a ballot by mail. The two-year limit doesn't apply to people posted abroad on behalf of the Canada or Quebec governments or various international organizations, or their family.

The chief electoral officer will then mail ballots to voters who are outside the province. They tick off their choice of candidate and mail the ballot back to Quebec.

Chief electoral officer Jacques Drouin encouraged people to contact family and friends who are out of province between now and election day to remind them to register.

Out-of-riding voting

New rules for this year's election will also allow people within the province, but outside their riding, to vote. All that's required is to show up at a designated polling station on an advance polling day and fill out a blank ballot — writing in the name of the candidate you're voting for.

That ballot will then be transferred to the elector's home riding and counted on election day.

The advance polling days for voting out-of-riding are Aug. 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30.

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