Élection Montréal's youth polling stations

As part of the general municipal elections to be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017, Montréal’s returning officer is introducing the youth polling station component of the Directeur général des élections du Québec’s Voters in training program.

Therefore, 19 bilingual youth polling stations will be open for the city’s school age youth. They will be able to vote in any of the 19 chosen locations over the city’s territory. After having voted, each youth will receive a temporary tattoo. This activity aims at allowing tomorrow’s voters, francophone or anglophone, to live a positive and real-life experience of their right to vote, while awakening their sense of democracy. Thanks to the youth polling stations, young people will have the opportunity to make a concrete gesture on Election Day by answering an easy question on a matter that concerns them. In this case, the question will be related to municipal services they use as young Montrealers.

This is the very first time Élection Montréal establishes youth polling stations. Based on the results of this pilot project, the possibility of having a larger number of youth polling stations on the city’s territory for future electoral events will be evaluated.

Election Day

On Sunday, November 5, nineteen youth polling stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The returning officer therefore invites school age youth to come and vote for their favorite municipal service by answering an easy but relevant question: “In Montréal, what is most important to you?”

Choose one of the four following answers:

a)Arenas, sports centres and swimming pools
b)Buses, metro and trains
c)Libraries, recreational centres and entertainment
d)Parks, playgrounds and green spaces

These answers will be presented on a very realistic ballot paper. They will vote behind a polling booth, where a poster will remind them of the choice of answers, with words and pictures. After having cast their vote, they will be offered a temporary tattoo saying “J’AI VOTÉ !” or “I VOTED!” since all the material has been produced in both official languages. Finally, the results will be announced the very next day in a press release.

The address of the youth polling station nearest your home may be found by consulting the list or by calling 514 872-VOTE (8683).

Democracy with the family

Parents and grandparents are invited to accompany their children and grandchildren to one of the 19 youth polling stations specially installed for young people in various city boroughs.

City’s electors are invited to come and experience democracy with their family and to vote in large numbers in the November 5 general municipal election.