Second polling station in a seniors' residence in the electoral district of Drummond
41st GENERAL ELECTION
ADAPTATION TO ESTABLISH A SECOND POLLING STATION
FOR VOTING DIVISION 400-0
IN THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF DRUMMOND
PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION 17(1) OF THE CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Whereas the 41st federal general election was called on March 26, 2011 with polling day on May 2, 2011;
whereas section 120 provides that the returning officer shall, for polling day, establish one polling station for each polling division;
whereas the polling station established for polling division 400-0 in the electoral district of Drummond in Quebec is located in a seniors' residence in which there are 435 electors;
whereas as of 5:00 p.m. on polling day, only 170 electors had voted and many others may face long waits and, therefore, may not be able to exercise their right to vote;
and whereas subsection 17(1) of the Canada Elections Act provides that:
17. (1) During an election period or within 30 days after it, 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 may increase the number of election officers or polling stations.
Therefore, the Canada Elections Act is hereby adapted to add, after section 120.1, a new section 120.2 as follows:
120.2. (1) For the purposes of the vote on polling day ― and despite subsection 120(1) of the present Act ― a second polling station shall be established by the returning officer for polling division 400-0 in the electoral district of Drummond, situated in same location as the first polling station for polling division 400-0.
(2) Before the holding of the vote at the second polling station mentioned in subsection (1), the returning officer of this electoral district shall provide the deputy returning officer the election materials listed at subsection 119(1), and the official list of electors at paragraph f) is the same as the list used in the first polling station established in polling division 400-0.
(3) After the counting of the votes, and for the application of section 287, the deputy returning officer of the first polling station in polling division 400-0, as well as the deputy returning officer in the second polling station in polling division 400-0, shall each prepare a statement of the vote. The returning officer will report the results of polling division 400-0 by adding together the number of votes in favour of each candidate and the numbers of rejected ballots, as indicated in both statements of the vote.
May 2, 2011
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada