How is the City of Montréal divided up for purposes of holding a general election?

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For purposes of a general election, the list of electors of the City of Montréal (more than 1.1 million voters) is divided into polling subdivisions. These subdivisions are made up of a maximum of 500 people registered to vote from the same local area (block or street segment, for example).

Each polling subdivision is associated with a polling station where voters may come to exercise their right to vote. At one polling location, there may be several polling stations to which voters from specific polling subdivisions are assigned.

How does Elections Montréal choose the voting locations?

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Several criteria are considered when choosing a voting location. One of the most important criteria is the universal accessibility of the premises. A voting location must meet established accessibility criteria. To improve the accessibility of a voting location, Elections Montréal can install a temporary access ramp. The use of a site requires a rental agreement. To conclude such an agreement, the venue must be available on the election days.

Sometimes a location used as a polling place in one election is no longer available for the subsequent election due to construction, events or other landlord-specific reasons.

How does COVID-19 influence the election?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had many repercussions on the 2021 general election. For example, in order to allow persons who are recommended to be in isolation to exercise their right to vote, it is now possible to submit a remote application for a revision of the list of electors and even to vote by mail. In voting locations, the application of numerous measures such as physical distancing is also required.

The Health Protocol to Reduce the Risk of Spreading COVID-19 during the 2021 Municipal General Election (document in French) outlines significant measures to be implemented during the election.

How can I get more information about the election?

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The Elections Montréal website is a neutral and objective source of information. The returning officer also maintains direct contact with representatives of political parties and independent candidates.

In fact, candidates and their representatives are invited to an information session on the voting process. This virtual meeting offered by Elections Montréal will be held by videoconference on October 21, 2021 at 7 p.m. Participants must register in advance at the web address provided to them when they apply.

What is the role of the representatives?

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This year, under the law, a political party or a candidate may appoint a proxy to represent them to a deputy returning officer at a polling station. Representatives must carry a duly completed proxy form and present it to the election staff. Representatives must also respect public health measures and physical distancing. Under the Health Protocol, candidates will be able to delegate only one representative per polling location at the same time.

How can I find out who voted?

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List collectors (working for political parties or candidates and holding a duly completed proxy form) will be able to go to the polling places on November 6 and 7 to obtain the statements of participation. The returning officer will ensure that the list of electors who voted either at the advance polls or by mail-in ballot will be forwarded by e-mail to the political representatives. The list of persons who have requested to vote by mail will also be transmitted in the same way. Applicable laws and regulations provide for this practice.

Where can I learn the results of the election?

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The results of the 103 elections taking place in the City of Montréal will be communicated on this website. Results will be released as they come in, beginning at 8 p.m. on November 7, 2021.