Polls opened for the City of Montreal on Saturday as Quebec’s municipal elections take place this weekend.
Quebec residents can cast their ballot at their local polling stations across the province from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For Montreal voters, polls were open as early as Saturday morning in order to give residents two days to vote and shorter lineup waits.
Montreal is the only city in Quebec where all 460 voting locations are open all weekend long. Montrealers will be choosing between the three main mayoral candidates, incumbent Valérie Plante, former mayor Denis Coderre and newcomer Balarama Holness.
According to the city, only 42 per cent of eligible voters turned out to cast their ballot in the last municipal election in 2017.
Chapleau told Global News it’s important for Quebecers to remember that municipal elections affect the services they interact with every day.
Elections officials are reminding residents to bring a valid piece of government-issued ID, like a driver’s license or medicare card.
Officials say 13 per cent of eligible electors voted in advance polling last month, up from eight per cent in 2017, which they say is an encouraging sign.