Special measures

Measures aimed at ensuring universal access for electors

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

Elector’s manual available in different formats

Simplified language

Do you have trouble understanding what you read? A version in simplified language (in French) has been prepared. It is easy to read and understand.

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

Large print and audio CD

Do you have trouble seeing well enough to read? Large print (20 point) and audio CD versions (in French) of the elector’s manual are available. It will also be available on the Regroupement des aveugles et amblyopes du Montréal métropolitain (RAAMM) Publiphone (also in French) from October 3 to November 3. 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 DVD version of the elector’s manual in LSQ (narration in French) is available.

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.

Polling stations

Mobile polling stations

If you live in a seniors’ residence identified in the register maintained in accordance with the Act respecting health services and social services (L.R.Q., Chapter S-4.2), you may vote at home if you are unable to move about. There are more than 400 such residences in Montréal.

Advance polls

You may vote one week before polling day, on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 8 p.m.

Accessible polling stations

Advance polling stations, on March 15, and on polling day, March 22, will be accessible Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

The borough election office, where will also sit the board of revisors, will be accessible Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

 

Training for election workers

All election workers will receive training on dealing with electors with functional limitations and on the measures taken to make it easier for everyone to vote.

Assistance with voting

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

  1. by a spouse or other relative;  
  2. by another individual, accompanied by the deputy returning officer and the poll clerk;   
  3. by the deputy returning officer, accompanied by the poll clerk. 

Measures for electors with functional limitations

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 hearing limitations

Élection Montréal will inform the associations that help people who are deaf or hard of hearing of all the measures designed to make it easier for everyone to vote: the documents required for entry on the list of electors and the documents required to vote. On request, a deputy returning officer may assist an elector.

If you have a hearing limitation, you may contact Élection Montréal by e-mail, at election@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

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.

If you have a motor limitation, you should speak to the deputy returning officer for your polling subdivision or contact Élection Montréal ahead of time at  514 872-VOTE (872-8683), or at election@ville.montreal.qc.ca.