Voting by mail

What is voting by mail?

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Voting by mail is a method that allows eligible electors to receive a voting kit and be able to exercise their right to vote without leaving home.

Although the voting kit is sent by postal mail, voters may use various means to return their ballots to Élections Montréal.

Voting by mail replaces mobile polling stations and home polling stations.

Who can vote by mail?

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To vote by mail, you must be eligible to vote and you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be living in a private seniors’ residence or a designated facility within the city of Montréal. See the list of eligible establishments (available in PDF or Excel format).
  • Be unable to travel for health reasons and resident in the city of Montréal, or be a caregiver living at the same address.
  • Be in isolation as ordered or recommended by public health authorities. This includes voters who:
  • have returned from a trip outside Canada within the last 14 days
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are considered to have the disease
  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have had contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

How do you make a request to vote by mail?

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People who are eligible to vote by mail may apply in writing or by calling 514 872-VOTE (8683).

When applying, the following information must be provided at minimum:

  • Given and family names
  • Date of birth
  • Home address
  • The situation that justifies the elector’s right to vote by mail.

Electors who wish to vote by mail must make the application themselves.

In order to vote, electors must be duly entered on the electoral list.

Eligible persons who are not registered on the list of electors must first apply to the board of revisors during the revision period. You can make a request to vote by mail at the time of registration.

Do you work in an establishment that is eligible for voting by mail? Here’s what you can do.

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You can help an eligible elector apply to vote by mail. You cannot, however, make a request on behalf of the person. Requests can be made in writing or by telephone at 514-872-VOTE (8683).

Operators of an establishment eligible to vote by mail must ensure that the necessary voting materials are provided to the electors and that ballots are returned in a timely manner.

When should voters apply to vote by mail?

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Up to October 27, 2021, for electors in eligible establishments.

Up to October 27, 2021, for electors who are unable to get around for health reasons as well as their caregivers living at the same address in the city of Montréal.

From October 17 to 27, 2021, for electors who are required to isolate due to COVID-19.

When will voters receive their voting by mail kits?

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Voting kits will be mailed to electors who apply to vote by mail between October 11 and 28, 2021.

After receiving their kit, electors are encouraged to vote as soon as possible and return their postage-paid envelope promptly.

What are the steps in voting by mail?

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The steps for voting by mail are summarized in these short videos:

  • Voters in eligible establishments.

  • Voters who are unable to move about for health reasons as well as their caregivers living at the same address in the city of Montréal AND voters who are required to isolate due to COVID-19.

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Mail voting kits include an instruction sheet. For any question concerning the steps of voting by mail, contact Elections Montréal.