December 10, 2023

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Early Voting |  More than one in five voters have already cast their ballots

Early Voting | More than one in five voters have already cast their ballots

The craze for early voting has been confirmed: in two days, one in five voters have already exercised their right to vote, a significant increase compared to 2018. But above all, this is the first time the bar has crossed 20%. This project.

Posted at 10:07 am.
Updated at 10:30 am.

Henri Ouellet-Vezina

Henri Ouellet-Vezina

According to data released Tuesday morning by Quebec’s Chief Electoral Officer (DGEQ), 22.92% of voters went to the polls on Sunday and Monday, the two days set aside for early voting across the province. 12.57% voters cast their votes on Sunday alone.

In all, more than 1.4 million voters have already exercised their right to vote. In Quebec, this is the first time early voting participation has exceeded the 20% threshold.

In 2018, 17.93% of voters voted early, counting the same two days, precincts and votes cast in each riding. This is almost 5% more than four years ago.

In 2014, many Quebecers voted early (19.27% ​​of voters). But despite everything, there are clear signs that the trend is increasing: in 2008, only 11.8% of people went to the polls before polling day.

Joined by Pres, the DGEQ pointed out Tuesday that there are no studies that “make it possible to identify trends in voter behavior.” Spokesperson Gabriel Sauvé-Lesiège explained the increase in early voting.

Quebec is even higher

In fact, voters in the Quebec region’s ridings prefer early voting. Louis-Hébert won the prize with no less than the 39.50% of votes already recorded, Lévis (33.77%) and Chauveau (32.53%), where the Conservative leader Eric Duheim was elected. Vanier-les-Rivières (31.94%) and Charlesbourg (31.74%) Top 5.

“An increase in voter turnout is good news for democracy. This, in general, is a sign of a desire for change in the population,” responded Eric Duheim on Tuesday.

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At the other end, the ridings of Ungawa (6.96%) and D’Arcy-McGee (10.55%) had the lowest early votes. The ridings of Jeanne-Mance-Viger (12.44%), Acadee (12.66%) and Saint-Laurent (12.83%) also showed no interest in early voting.

Recall that François Legault, leader of the Alliance Avenir Quebec (CAQ), also voted in the riding of L’Assomption early Sunday morning.

In normal times, when political party leaders exercise their right to vote on polling day, he is an opportunity to encourage voters to go to the polls. Cameras.

Those who are unable to vote on polling day, October 3, but still wish to exercise their right, can vote directly at the offices of election officials in each electoral district. They are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30 am to 8 pm and on Thursdays from 9.30 am to 2 pm.

With Vincent Laurin