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Quebec votes in municipal elections today

11/03/2013 05:00 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:52 EST
Quebec will go to the polls today to vote for mayors and councillors in the province's more than 1,100 municipalities.

Polling stations open at 10 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. 

According to the Chief Electoral Officer, employers must grant employees at least four consecutive hours when polling stations are open to go vote, not including the time normally allowed for meals.

To find out the voting locations or to for other questions and concerns, the Chief Electoral Officer asks voters to contact the returning officer in their municipality.

Those in the Montreal area with limited mobility can check whether their assigned polling station is accessible by calling 514 872-VOTE (872-8683), or emailing election@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

End of campaigns

On Saturday, most candidates wrapped up the 40-day campaign period with public appearances to encourage people to cast their ballots.

The Union of Quebec Municipalities said it hopes at least 50 percent of eligible voters will vote by the time polls close this evening.

In the 2009 municipal election, only 39.4 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot across the province.

In Montreal, 38 per cent of registered voters went to the polls, whereas Saguenay had the highest turnout with 51.7 per cent.

However, in the wake of a higher that expected turnout for advance polls last Sunday, the Chief Electoral Officer said the counting of advance poll ballots will start at 6:00 p.m. 

Follow the results with CBC Montreal

You can follow CBC Montreal's municipal election voting day coverage on TV, radio and online beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday:

- CBC Radio (88.5/104.7FM) will have an election special beginning at 8:00 pm, with hosts Mike Finnerty and Bernard St-Laurent.

- On television, CBC News Montreal at 11 p.m. will also have a special round-up of the latest results with host Thomas Daigle.

- Those outside of the Montreal listening area can live stream the coverage online, and follow the live chat on the CBC Montreal website with Thomas Daigle.

You can also revisit some of CBC Montreal's special interactive projects, part of our ongoing coverage of the municipal campaign:

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