We have tools to assist you

The Bureau des élections de Montréal (Élection Montréal) has taken various measures to make it easier for everyone to vote.

Be well informed on the election process

The Elector’s manual is available in various languages and accessible formats.

Simplified language 

Do you have trouble understanding what you read? The Elector's manual (in French) and universal accessibility measures ensuring the vote "L'accessibilité universelle à l'élection" (in French) are available in simplified language. They are easy to read and understand.

The elector’s manual is also available in simplified language at all borough election offices, at different associations and on the Accès Simple site.

Large print and audio CD

Do you have trouble seeing well enough to read? The elector’s manual is available :

  • In Large print (20 points) (in French)
  • In Audio CD or MP3 embedded on the current website (in French)
  • On the Regroupement des aveugles et amblyopes du Montréal métropolitain (RAAMM) Publiphone (also in French). The Publiphone is a service providing information capsules that you can call from your telephone.  Call (514) 277-4401, option 4.

You can also pick up a copy of the elector’s manual in any of these formats from any borough election office, or from the associations that help people who are blind or have amblyopia.

Braille version

Do you have a visual disability, and read braille? A braille version (in French) of the elector’s manual is available.

You can also pick up a braille copy of the elector’s manual from any borough election office, or from the associations that help people who are blind or have amblyopia.

Video in Quebec Sign Language (LSQ)

Do you have trouble hearing, and communicate in LSQ? A version of the elector’s manual in LSQ (narration in French) is available on DVD and embedded on the current website.

You can access a copy of the elector’s manual in this format online here and at all borough election offices. It is also available from the associations that help people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Voting made easier for everyone, thanks to special measures

All advance polling stations, on October 29, and all borough election offices, where will also sit the board of revisors, will be safe and accessible Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

On polling day, November 5, all polling stations will be safe and accessible Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

All election workers have received training on assisting electors with functional limitations and senior citizens, and on the measures taken to make it easier for everyone to vote.

Assistance with voting

Electors who declare that they are unable to mark their ballots on their own may be assisted:

  • by a spouse or other relative according to section 131 of the Act Respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities
  • by another individual, accompanied by the deputy returning officer and the poll clerk
  • by the deputy returning officer, accompanied by the poll clerk.

Measures for electors with functional limitations and for seniors, when voting

If you have a visual limitation

The election officer will give you a template adapted to the ballot and will read the candidates’ names out loud, so that you can mark the ballot on your own.

Electors with motor limitations

Élection Montréal has taken various measures to make it easier for electors with motor limitations to vote. On request, you may be provided with a chair if you are unable to remain standing while you vote.

You may also ask for a wider pencil that is easier to handle to mark your ballot. Note that ballots marked with a special pencil will not be identified when the votes are counted.

You may also ask for a clipboard to which you may attach your ballot, making it easier to vote with just one hand. In addition, you may ask to have the voting booth anchored to the table to ensure that any involuntary or uncontrollable movements do not knock it off.

Important Reminder:

  • Use of personal pencil is forbidden.
  • No ballot paper may be rejected for the sole reason that the mark made in one of the circles extends beyond the circle, as long as the mark does not intersect with another circle.