Youth Voting | The CAQ and QS argue over the change of address on the electoral list

(Québec) The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and Québec solidaire (QS) are arguing over the change of address on the electoral list for young people who study in a region other than their family home. François Legault’s party even accuses his opponent of encouraging a movement that could be considered a fraudulent electoral maneuver.

Posted at 11:43 a.m.
Updated at 2:33 p.m.

Hugo Pilon Larose
The Press

The parliamentary leader of QS, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, refutes the accusations of the CAQ, assuring that his party respects the electoral law and acts in accordance with it. “The law is clear. It allows people to change their address to ensure they are voting in the correct constituency, that is, the constituency where they live. What we remind people is that they have this possibility, ”he defended Monday.

Last week, the solidarity candidate in the riding of Rimouski, Carol-Ann Kack, published on her Instagram account an ephemeral publication (a “ story “, in the jargon) where she reminded her subscribers that they had until Monday “to make your change of address by internet”. Mme Kack accompanied his publication with a photo of the electoral map of Quebec where his party won several ridings “if only 18-34 year olds voted”.

The CAQ considers for its part that the left-wing party does not respect the electoral law and that it encourages young people, whose domicile is for example still with their parents, to change their address to vote in another constituency. Earlier during the election campaign, QS had removed flyers in Estrie inviting students to change their address during the vote on campuses to support its candidates in the ridings of Sherbrooke and Saint-François.

“What I see is the CAQ staff working very hard to put a spoke in the wheels of Québec solidaire, to ensure that young people do not vote where they live,” Nadeau-Dubois said Monday.

“The decision to accept or not a change of address, it is the authorities of the [Directeur général des élections du Quégec, DGEQ] who take it. It is neither the CAQ nor Québec solidaire,” he added.

For its part, the CAQ confirms that it has contacted the DGEQ to denounce what the party considers to be an “organized stratagem” which does not respect the electoral law.

The law explained

Advance voting on university and CEGEP campuses begins September 23. By email, the DGEQ explained that “voters must vote for a candidate from the constituency where they live”.

“A person’s domicile is the place which he considers to be his principal residence, which he gives as a reference for the exercise of his civil rights and which he publicly indicates as being his domicile — for example, in his communications with government authorities, in his tax return and in his student loan documents,” he said.

“Students will often live close to their place of study, but their home is always at their parents’ house, which may be in a different district than that of their campus. They then vote for a candidate from the constituency of their domicile. This is the spirit of voting on campus: avoiding students having to go to their constituency to exercise their right to vote. Nearly 80% of the votes cast on campuses, during the 2014 and 2018 elections, were counted in a riding other than that of the campus,” added the DGEQ.

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