03/25/2014 16:11 EDT | Updated 05/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Behind the scenes at Quebec's board of revisers

The last few days of the Quebec election campaign have been overshadowed by a debate over who should and shouldn't be allowed to vote, after multiple English-speaking students complained they weren't being allowed to vote. 

It's up to Quebec's board of revisers to screen potential voters and update the elector list.

But who are these people, and how are they selected?

CBC explains everything you need to know about the people who decide whether or not you have the right to vote. 

What is the board's mandate?

The board of revisers assists the Quebec chief electoral office (DGEQ) by updating the permanent list of voters.

The board has the authority to make inquiries, verify any relevant information and summon witnesses, if necessary, during its screening of individuals. 

The board must ensure that any person who could be affected by one of its decisions has the opportunity to express his or her views.

How are the board members selected? 

When an election campaign is not underway, there is a single, permanent board of revisers for all of Quebec. The last board of revisers was dissolved when the 2014 election was triggered.

During an election campaign, every riding has its own, local board of revisers.

Every board of revisers has three members.

One of those members is the board chair, who is recommended by the returning officer and approved by each political party represented at the national assembly.

The second reviser, who is also the vice-chair, is appointed based on a recommendation from the political party that came in first place in the last general election.

The third reviser is appointed based on a recommendation from the political party that came in second place in the last general election.

How does the board reach its decisions? 

When an individual wants to be added to the voter list, he or she will be required to answer a series of questions and provide documents to establish eligibility. 

The board will consult and reach a decision (based on a majority vote). Each individual will receive their decision immediately, in-person, unless the board requires more information.

If the revision board grants its approval, an individual will be added to the permanent list of electors.

Voters have until April 3 to register to vote.

To find your local revision office, click here.