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August 21, 2007 – Advance Polling

SEPTEMBER 17, 2007 BY-ELECTIONS
in the
ELECTORAL DISTRICTS OF
OUTREMONT, SAINT-HYACINTHE–BAGOT
AND
ROBERVAL–LAC-SAINT-JEAN

ADAPTATION OF THE CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 17 OF THAT ACT
FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADVANCE POLLING

WHEREAS by-elections were called on July 28, 2007, in the electoral districts of Outremont and Saint-Hyacinthe–Bagot and on August 11, 2007, in the electoral district of Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean, with advance polling days on September 7, 8 and 10, 2007;

AND WHEREAS the Canada Elections Act provides for fewer election officers at advance polls than for ordinary polls on polling day;

AND WHEREAS the Act did not foresee that a growing number of electors are choosing to vote at advance polls;

AND WHEREAS the Act does not provide for the appointment of additional election officers where necessary to effectively conduct an advance poll;

AND WHEREAS subsection 17(1) of the Act provides that "During an election period, if an emergency, an unusual or unforeseen circumstance or an error makes it necessary, the Chief Electoral Officer may adapt any provision of this Act and, in particular, may extend the time for doing any act, subject to subsection (2), or increase the number of election officers or polling stations.";

THEREFORE, pursuant to subsection 17(1) of the Act, the Chief Electoral Officer hereby adapts the Act as follows for the purposes of conducting an advance poll:

  1. Section 32 is adapted by adding immediately after paragraph 32(b) the following additional paragraph (b.1):

    (b.1) such additional poll clerks, with the prior approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, to assist, as required, the deputy returning officer and the poll clerk mentioned in paragraph (b) at advance polling stations in the electoral district;

  2. Section 39 is adapted by adding immediately after subsection 39(2) the following additional subsection (2.1):

    (2.1) The returning officer may appoint, for each registration desk established for an advance polling station, one or more registration officers, in accordance with the instructions of the Chief Electoral Officer and notwithstanding subsections (3) and (4), to receive, on advance polling days, the applications for registration of electors whose names are not on the list of electors.

  3. The Act is adapted by adding immediately after section 168 the following additional section:

    168.1 (1) When a returning officer establishes an advance polling station, the returning officer may appoint, with the prior approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, one or more information officers to provide information to the electors and to collect the voter information cards.

    (2) For each advance polling station, the returning officer may appoint, with the prior approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, one or more central poll supervisors, to attend at the advance polling station on advance polling days to supervise proceedings and keep the returning officer informed of any matter that adversely affects, or is likely to adversely affect, the proceedings.

  4. Subsection 169(1) is adapted to read as follows:

    (1) Every elector whose name is not on the revised list of electors may register in person before the deputy returning officer or the registration officer in the advance polling station where the elector is entitled to vote.

  5. Subsection 169(3) is adapted to read as follows:

    (3) If the elector satisfies the requirements of subsection (2), the deputy returning officer or the registration officer shall complete a registration certificate in the prescribed form and the elector shall sign it.

Dated August 21, 2007

Marc Mayrand
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada