2017 Municipal Election

 

Summary

The Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM) stipulates that municipal general elections shall be held in all municipalities of Québec on the first Sunday of November, every four years.

The next municipal general elections will take place on November 5, 2017.

 

Important dates

Steps Dates and hours
Submission of nominations From September 22nd to October 6th, 2017
Deposit of the list of electors Friday, October 6th, 2017
Board of revisors


Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 2 :30 pm to 5 :30 pm and from 7 pm to 10 pm
Monday, October 23rd, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 :30 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm
Mobile polling To be determined
Advance Poll Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 12 pm to 8 pm
Polling Day Sunday, November 5th, 2017 from 10 am to 8 pm

 

 

Information for electors

>> Elector's guide (available soon) 

Requirements for electors

a) Requirements

To be considered as an elector and have the right to be entered on the list of electors, any person must:

  • Be a natural person, and 
  • Be 18 years old or more on November 5th, 2017

And, as at September 1st, 2017:

  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Not be under curatorship; 
  • Not be under any legal voting disqualification.

Furthermore, a person must fulfill one of the following conditions:

  • Be domiciled in the territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and, since at least 6 months in Quebec;

OR,

  • Be, at least since September 1st, 2016, the sole owner of an immovable located on the territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and have forwarded a written application for entry at the office of the returning officer;

OR,

  • Be the sole occupant of a business establishment located in the territory of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, since at least September 1st, 2016, and have forwarded a written application for entry at the office of the returning officer.

In the case of an immovable that belongs to undivided co-owners or in the case of a business establishment that is occupied by co-occupants, only the designated co-owner or co-occupant, by way of a proxy signed by the majority of co-owners or co-occupants, has the right to be entered on the list of electors as owner of the immovable or occupant of the business establishment. Said proxy must be transmitted to the office of the returning officer.

Non-domiciled voters

An elector who is not domiciled in the municipality, but who is the owner of an immovable or the occupant of a business establishment situated on the territory of the municipality, must transmit a signed writing to the municipality asking to have his name added to the list of electors.

Persons who are co-owners of an immovable or co-occupants of a business establishment must designate from among themselves, by means of a power of attorney sent to the municipality, only one person who can be entered on the list of electors.

b) Consultation of the list of electors
To vote, your name MUST APPEAR on the list of electors.

The list of electors shall be available for consultation at the following locations on October 6th, 2017

  • City Hall : 109 Rue Sainte-Anne;
  • Municipal Library : 40 Rue Saint-Pierre;

 

Notice of registration

During the week of October 9, 2017, you will receive by mail a notice of entry on the list of electors. Read it carefully. This notice will indicate the name(s) of the elector(s) at your address, as well as the place, time and date the Board of revisors will sit.

If you do not receive a notice of registration or if corrections are required, you should appear before the Board of revisors.

 

 

Information for candidate

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to become a municipal councillor, an individual must be entitled to have his or her name entered on the municipal list of electors, and have resided in the municipality, continuously or not, for 12 months as of September 1 of the calendar year during which the general election will take place.

In order to qualify as an elector, the person must, in particular, meet the following conditions:

  • Be of the age of majority; that is, be at least 18 years old on November 5, 2017;
  • Be a Canadian citizen as of September 1, 2017;
  • Not be under curatorship as of September 1, 2017;
  • Not have been found guilty of fraudulent electoral activity.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to verify that he or she meets the eligibility conditions for a position on council.

A person may only submit his or her candidacy for one council position of one municipality.

 

a)   Request for Authorization

Each elector who undertakes to stand as a candidate or any candidate in the general election who wishes to solicit or collect donations, obtain loans, incur expenses, even when the expenses are personally incurred by the candidate himself or herself, must, in advance, receive authorization from the Directeur général des élections (DGEQ).

 

From September 30, 2016 to the filing of the nomination paper (which must occur no later than October 6, 2017)

Each request for authorization must be filed at the City Clerk’s office by filling out the following forms:

These two forms must be completed and submitted together.

To book an appointment with the clerk for the purpose of producing an application for authorization, please contact the Clerk’s office by telephone at 514-457-6807 or by E-mail at cadam@sadb.qc.ca

 

At the time of the filing of the nomination form (between September 22, 2017 and October 6, 2017)

When the nomination paper (SM-29-FIN) is filed with the Returning Officer, the independent candidate must complete Sections 9, 10 and 12 of the form.

 

Forming a political party:  another way to participate in municipal elections.

It is possible to file an Application for Authorization on behalf of a political party at any time.  However, this request must be made to the DGEQ.

 

 

b)   Designation of an official representative or an Official Agent

The authorized independent candidate is the only person entitled to appoint his or her agent and official representative in writing, which is the act of appointment.  The official agent of an authorized independent candidate must be the same person as the official representative. However, under Article 164 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM), the candidate may designate himself or herself as his or her own Official Agent.

The authorized independent candidate must, as soon as possible, notify the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) and the Treasurer of the City in writing of any change to the information relating to a change of his agent and official representative and of any other information required for the updating of the register of authorized independent candidates.

Official representatives have ten (10) days, as of the date of their nomination, to attend a training session given by the DGEQ regarding the rules of political financing and election expenses.

 

c)      Election finances

To understand the rules governing electoral financing and contributions, please visit the DGEQ’s website at www.dgeq.qc.ca

 

 

d)    Filing of the Nomination Paper

Nomination papers for a post on municipal council must be filed at the office of the Returning Officer from September 22, 2017 until October 6, 2017 on the following days and times:

 

DATES AND TIMES

From Monday to Thursday from 8 AM to noon and from 12:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Friday from 8 AM to noon

PLEASE NOTE that on Friday, October 6, the office will be open continuously from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

To book an appointment with the clerk for the purpose of producing nomination paper, please contact the Clerk’s office by telephone at 514-457-6807 or by E-mail at cadam@sadb.qc.ca

 

 

e)       Publicity during the election campaign

The restrictions on advertising are always an issue of interest to candidates during an election period. For more information on these restrictions, please refer to sections 285.1 and following of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (RLRQ, c. E-2.2).

 We also invite you to consult the directive issued by the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and the Electrification of Transport, which specifies the way in which it interprets the provisions of the Act respecting election advertising.

Any dispute with regard to election advertising must be submitted to the Returning Officer who will, if necessary, forward written complaints to the DGEQ.

Private property

In the case of premises not owned by the municipality, it is up to the owner of the premises to assert his or her right of ownership.  The Returning Officer is not required to intervene in such cases.  Any complaint of this nature must therefore be made to the Municipal Patrol or to the police.

 

 

f)      Partisan advertising

Partisan advertising is governed by Section 283 of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (RLRQ, c. E-2.2).  This Act mentions, in particular, that it is forbidden to place partisan advertising in a place which may be visible from a polling station.  Any advertising material which does not respect this rule shall be removed without notice.

The map depicting the zone in which advertising is prohibited will be available soon.

 

Board of revisors

The Board of revisors will be located at the City Hall, 109, rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. 

Revision opening dates and hours: 

  • October 19th : from 2 :30 pm to 5 :30 pm and from7 pm to 10 pm 
  • October 23rd : from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 :30 pm to 5 :30 pm
  • October 24th : 10 am to 1 pm

It is necessary to appear before the Board of revisors to apply for an entry, a correction, or to strike a name off the list of electors.

 

Who can apply for a revision?

  • The person herself/himself;
  • The spouse (through marriage or common-law);
  • Any of the following persons related to the elector: father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandson, granddaughter;
  • A person who lives with the elector;
  • Any elector from the same polling division (to strike off a name only).

 

Accepted documents

The person who files an application for entry, correction or strike off, is required to submit two (2) supporting documents with his/her application:

  • The first document must, at the minimum, indicate the family name, first name and birthdate of the person for whom the application is made (i.e.: passport, birth certificate, citizenship certificate, health insurance card);
  • The second document must, at the minimum, indicate the family name and first name of the person for whom the application is being made, as well as the address of the person’s domicile (i.e: driver’s licence, school report card, electricity or telephone bill).
 

Mobile polling

The date and time of the mobile polling station will be confirmed at a later date.

 

Who can participate?

If you are domiciled in a nursing home or seniors' residence located in the City  and is recognized under the Act Respecting Health Services and Social Services (RLRQ, chapter S-4.2), and you are unable to get around, you can ask to vote in your room.

 

Advance poll (October 29th, 2017)

Any elector registered on the list of electors may vote at the advance poll.

The advance poll will be held on October 29th, 2017 from noon to 8 pm at:

Centre Harpell

(district 1 to 6)

60 Rue Saint-Pierre

 1. You must go to the voting location and bring your reminder card and any of the following:

  • Health insurance card, as provided by the “Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec”;
  • Driver’s license or probationary license, as provided by the “Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec;
  • Canadian passport;
  • Indian status card;
  • Canadian Forces identity card.

2. You will be directed to your polling station and the poll clerk will check that you are entered on the list of electors;

3. You will receive one or two ballot papers and you will be directed to the polling booth where you will mark your ballot paper(s) with the name of the candidate(s) of your choice.

4. After having folded the ballot paper(s), you must return to the deputy returning officer in order to place the ballot paper(s) into the ballot box.

 

The advance polling day station is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

 

Polling Day (November 5th, 2017)

The results of the vote will be announced at Centre Harpell after the counting of the votes is completed. It is also possible to view the results on the Directeur Général des élections (DGEQ) website at www.electionsquebec.qc.ca    

 

Any elector registered on the list of electors may vote.

Sunday, November 5th, 2017, the locations to vote, from 10 am to 8 pm, according to the electoral districts are:

Centre Harpell - 60 Rue Saint-Pierre

(Districts 1, 2 and 3)

École du Bout-de-l’Île - 190 Rue Vallée

(Districts 4, 5 and 6)

 

1. You must go to the voting location and bring your reminder card and any of the following:

  • Health insurance card, as provided by the “Régie de l’assurance-maladie du Québec”;
  • Driver’s license or probationary license, as provided by the “Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec;
  • Canadian passport;
  • Indian status card;
  • Canadian Forces identity card.

2. You will be directed to your polling station and the poll clerk will check that you are entered on the list of electors;

3.You will receive one or two ballot papers and you will be directed to the polling booth where you will mark your ballot paper(s) with the name of the candidate(s) of your choice;

4. After having folded the ballot paper(s), you must return to the deputy returning officer in order to place the ballot paper(s) into the ballot box.

 

The polling day stations are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

:: Don’t forget that the Daylight Saving time ends on November 5th ::

 

Public notices

  • Avis public d’élection (LERM, a. 99) 
  • Avis public aux propriétaires uniques d’un immeuble, aux occupants uniques d’un établissement d’entreprise, aux copropriétaires indivis d’un immeuble et aux cooccupants d’un établissement d’entreprise (LERM, aa. 55, 56)  À VENIR
  • Avis public de la révision de la liste électorale (LERM, a. 125)  À VENIR
  • Avis du scrutin (LERM, aa. 171, 172)  À VENIR
  • Avis du résultat de l’élection (LERM, a. 260)  À VENIR
 

Recruitment of election staff

The City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue is looking for interested people to be part of his electoral staff in the next municipal election. (Must be 18 and over)

>> Recruitment Form

>> Salary by position

Filing of the recruitment form
Persons interested in working as election officers for the municipal elections of November 5, 2017 must complete the recruitment form and return it to the attention of the returning officer, Catherine Adam, as soon as possible. The following address:
ressourceshumaines@sadb.qc.ca 
or
109 Sainte-Anne Street Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec H9X 1M2

 

Please note that the Returning Officer will only communicate with the candidates selected.

 

Returning Officer

The City Clerk, Mrs. Catherine Adam, is ex officio the Returning Officer. His mandate during the election period is to ensure that the election runs smoothly and, as such, ensures the training of other election staff and directs their work.

You may contact the Returning Officer by either of the following means:

By mail or in person
Office of the Returning Officer
Clerck Office
City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
109, rue Sainte-Anne
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec H9X 1M2

The Returning Officer may be met in person, by appointment only, Monday through Friday, during the opening hours of the administrative offices.

By phone or e-mail
Phone: 514 457-6807
Email: cadam@sadb.qc.ca 

 

Role of Directeur général des Élections du Québec (DGEQ)

The main organization in charge of the election for each municipality is the municipality itself. Under the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, the clerk in major populated centres or the secretary-treasurer in less populated centres plays the role of returning officer.

However, the Act entrusts major responsibilities to the Directeur général des élections du Québec who "may, on request, provide the returning officer with any assistance he may need to perform his duties" (s. 90 of the AERM). We may also "provide information to the public", notably by way of our Information Centre and by disseminating publicity. In addition, we provide training on the application of the AERM to the official representatives and agents of the candidates and political parties that we have authorized, as well as to returning officers. Moreover, we may, of our own initiative or at the request of a person, inquire into the application of a large portion of the AERM.