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Élection Montréal's youth polling stations
As part of the municipal by-election to be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018, Montréal’s returning officer is introducing the youth polling station component of Élection Québec’s Voters in training program.
Therefore, 35 youth polling stations will be open for the city’s school age youth. They will be able to vote in any of the 35 chosen locations over the Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles borough and the Saint-Michel district of the Villeray – Saint-Michel – Parc-Extension borough, regardless of their place of residence, since no validation of identity or address will be performed. After having voted, each youth will receive a temporary tattoo. This activity aims at allowing tomorrow’s voters 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 first time Élection Montréal establishes youth polling stations in so many voting places through a district and a borough. Based on the results of this second 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
On Sunday, December 16, thirty-five 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?
a) Arenas, sports centres and swimming pools
b) Buses, metro and trains
c) Libraries, recreational centres and entertainment
d) Parks, playgrounds and green spaces
(in French only)
These answers will be presented on a very realistic ballot paper. Furthermore, youths 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 !” (I VOTED !). 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). In addition, a video (in French only) allowing citizens of all ages to better understand the city may be viewed beforehand.
Democracy with the family
Parents and grandparents are invited to accompany their children and grandchildren to one of the 35 youth polling stations specially installed for young people in the by-election polling stations.
City electors are invited to come and experience democracy with their family and to vote in large numbers in the Sunday, December 16, municipal by-election.