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An Employee’s Right To Vote At Provincial Elections

A provincial election has been called for April 7th, 2014.  Consequently, your employees will be called upon to vote shortly.

The Election Act, CQLR c E-3.3 (the "Act"), which governs provincial election rights, lists obligations employers must comply with as well as remedies for employees who believe that their right to vote on election day was violated.

We hereby propose a summary your legal obligations on April 7th.
Who has the right to vote?
Any person who is a Canadian citizen, and who is 18 years of age and older on polling day is considered to be a qualified elector and as such, can exercise his or her right to vote.

(Sections 1 and 2 of the Act)
What are the hours of polling on election day?
On election day, polling shall take place from 9:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

(Section 333 of the Act)
Can an employee take a leave of absence to vote?
In order to exercise their right to vote on polling day, every employee who is qualified to vote must have at least four free (4) consecutiv...

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