Municipal Election - November 7, 2021

Voting by mail

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, municipalities must offer voting by mail to certain voters, including people living in private seniors' residences, people who are unable to move about for health reasons and their caregivers, as well as people whose isolation is ordered or recommended by Public Health. As such, the Municipal Council has passed a resolution allowing voters 70 years of age or older to vote by mail in the November 7, 2021, municipal election. These people will therefore have the choice of using this remote voting method or going in person to their assigned polling station.

The other voting options that will be available to all voters will be advance polling days on October 30 and 31, 2021, and polling day (Election Day) on November 7, 2021. This multitude of choices will certainly allow voters to participate in the democratic process in a secure manner and will significantly reduce peak traffic times at the various polling stations.

What constitutes voting by mail?

Voting by mail is a method of voting authorized by the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities and regulated by the Regulation respecting voting by mail. If you are an eligible voter and you apply for voting by mail, you can receive your ballots by mail and exercise your right to vote from home. Once the ballots are returned to the office of the Returning Officer, the poll officials will hold them in a ballot box until election day when a deputy returning officer and a poll clerk will count the ballots.

To take advantage of mail-in voting, eligible voters must make a verbal or written request to the office of the Returning Officer no later than October 27, 2021.

 

Who can vote by mail?

You are eligible to vote by mail if you are a voter who is:

  1. domiciled or non-domiciled, 70 years of age or older on election day;
  2. domiciled or lodged in an eligible health establishment, such as a hospital centre, a residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD), a rehabilitation centre or a private seniors' residence listed in the register established under the Act respecting health services and social services and hospital centres or reception centres within the meaning of the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons;
  3. domiciled and unable to move about for health reasons;
  4. recognized as a caregiver and domiciled at the same address as a person who is unable to move about for health reasons;
  5. domiciled or non-domiciled and in isolation ordered or recommended by Public Health because you:
  • have returned from a trip abroad for less than 14 days;
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are still considered a carrier of the disease;
  • have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 for less than 14 days;
  • are awaiting a test result for COVID-19.
How do I apply to vote by mail?

Eligible voters can apply to vote by mail right now by filling out the application form or by contacting the assistant of the Returning Officer at 514-694-4100 ext. 3114.

The application of a voter whose isolation is ordered or recommended by the Public Health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic can only be made as of October 17, 2021.

To apply for voting by mail, complete the following form and return it no later than October 27, 2021 by email to election@ville.kirkland.qc.ca or by mail at the following address:

Returning Officer's Office
17200 Hymus Boulevard
Kirkland, Québec H9J 3Y8

APPLICATION FORM TO VOTE BY MAIL

When will I get my ballots?

After you submit your application, you will receive a package in the mail with your ballots and all the instructions for voting starting October 11, 2021.

How do I vote by mail?

After receiving your package, you may mark your ballots and return them with the prescribed paperwork to the Returning Officer’s office. Ballots must be returned to the Returning Officer’ office no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 5, 2021.

All ballots received after 4:30 p.m. on November 5, 2021, will be voided.

How will my ballots be handled?

Envelopes returned to the Returning Officer's office will be processed by two election officials who will ensure that the ballots are valid.

  • If it is determined that the required information is missing or incomplete, the envelope containing the ballots will be voided and not opened.

  • If the required information is correct and complete, the ballot envelope will be placed, unopened, in a ballot box to be counted on Election Day, November 7, 2021.

For more information, please contact the office of the Returning Officer at 514 694-4100, ext. 3114.