News

Voting from Quebec

VOTE FROM QUEBEC!

U.S. citizen or dual-citizen living in Quebec?

 You have the right to vote!

Ready now to request your ballot? Go to votefromabroad.org

Get ready for the next elections. If you are or will be 18 on Election Day, you can vote.

As a U.S. citizen, you can request your ballot register to vote from Quebec -  while living, working, or traveling in the country - by submitting one form. It's easy! It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).

Here are frequently asked questions about voting from abroad:

  1. Register AND Request your ballot on time.
  2. How to confirm your request has been accepted.
  3. How and when should you receive your ballot.
  4. Complete your ballot.
  5. How to return your ballot on time.
  6. Confirm your ballot's arrival.
  7. Having trouble? Need help?

1. Request your Ballot and/or Register to Vote!

It only takes a few minutes to register or request your ballot at votefromabroad.org. Watch these videos to see how easy it really is! 

All voters need to request their overseas ballot every election year.

Learn how to do so here!

Voter Registration Instructional Video

Ballot Request Instructional Video

IMPORTANT! Choose the option for your ballot to be delivered by email

Once you've filled out the form on www.votefromabroad.org. Most states allow you to submit your form online - directly from votefromabroad.org without printing it.

But some states require that you print out your completed form and sign it prior to submitting by email attachment,  fax, mail or secure upload. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

Questions?

  • Check out Vote from Abroad's FAQ section,
  • Type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner), or
  • Send an email to [email protected].

2. Confirm your request has been accepted - and that you will receive a ballot 

  • Always verify by calling or emailing your local election official (LEO) that you will be receiving a ballot.
  • Your LEO's contact information is listed on the final page after submitting your form via the website.
  • Contact info can be found here.
  • Most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated. You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."

3. Receive your ballot by email. 

  • Ballots will arrive 45 days before a federal election.
  • Check your spam folder -- ballots can hide in there!
  • If you still don't see it, please contact your LEO and confirm they sent your ballot out by email. You can look up their contact info here. You may need to send in a new ballot request form - just go to www.votefromabroad.org.

If you don't have your ballot by October 1 and you must mail it back, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.


4. Complete your ballot.

Plus: Information about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates 

It’s very important to vote your ballot completely. The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not list a party affiliation, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine who to vote for in those cases, you can do the following: 

  • Google your local Democratic Party
  • Go to the League of Women Voters personalized ballot service at http://www.vote411.org/ballot. You can learn where candidates on your ballot running stand on the issues. 
  • Go to: Ballotpedia and search for [your state] elections 2022 - Example: Florida elections 2022
  • Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website.

5. Return your ballot 

  • Once you've received your ballot, fill it out and return it immediately.
  • Ballot return methods vary by state (online, email, postal mail, fax). 
  • If your state only allows postal mail return — which is the case in many swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin — you must return your ballot as quickly as possible. We strongly recommend returning it no later than September 30th.

Check your state's exact ballot return requirements here.

Need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.

If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android

 

And when filling out your ballot and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot! 


6. Confirm your ballot arrival (at your local election office in the U.S.)

  • Follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted.
  • Please do not just assume that your ballot has made it!
  • Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot". 
  • You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and try contacting them directly. They may be experiencing an influx of calls, so you may need to be persistent to get through. 

7. Having trouble? Need help? 😕

We understand that the voting process can be confusing — that's why we're here to help.

Send an email to [email protected]

* You don't need to wait for ballots to come out in September . If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here. 

 

Democratically yours,

Randi Weitzner, Chapter Chair
Democrats Abroad - Quebec

Join Dems Abroad | Register for your ballot VoteFromAbroad.org
Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter




OFFICIAL OPENING of nominations for DA Quebec Board 2023-25

 

The DA Quebec Nominations & Elections Committee (NEC) will be seeking nominations for officers to serve for the 2023-2025 term.  Nominations will open as of January 14, 2023, and will close at 11:59 pm ET on January 28, 2023:

  • Chapter Chair

  • Vice Chair

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

LINK TO BOARD POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

LINK TO NOMINATION FORM 

LINK TO THE INFORMATION SESSION JAN 18


Democrats Abroad Quebec is accepting nominations for the 2023-25 Board

The DA Quebec Nominations & Elections Committee (NEC) will be seeking nominations for officers to serve for the 2023-2025 term.  Nominations will open as of January 14, 2023, and will close at 11:59 pm ET on January 28, 2023:

  • Chapter Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

The following link will allow you to access a document outlining the election process and a description of the chapter offices.  CLICK HERE

We would like to encourage all of our Quebec members from all over the province to consider putting their names in for nomination.  2023 will be an important year to plan and prepare for what will certainly be a consequential 2024 presidential election.  

DA Quebec NEC 2023

Randi Weitzner

Deb Lazar

Melanie Gardner, Teller


Become a VOTER PROMOTER and tell every American in Canada they can vote

Becoming a VOTER PROMOTER is the easiest entry-level volunteer job in DA.  YOU decide the amount of time and effort you will devote to this effort.  Tell your friends, co-workers, and book club buddies that all Americans can go to VOTE FROM ABROAD.ORG to vote absentee.  Tell your friends on social media the same thing.  By doing this, you will be spreading the word to the over 500,000 non-voting Americans here in Canada.

 

Read more

The Path Forward

The Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaked late last night by Politico, makes unmistakably clear what the Republican agenda is: an unprecedented assault on women and families in the United States. 

For more than a generation, the right to reproductive freedom has been the law of the land. When a far-right administration took office in 2016, we knew that this right was in grave danger. Fast forward to 2022, and we now have three more ultra-conservative, anti-choice justices on the Supreme Court. The looming fate of Roe is the direct consequence of the 2016 election.

That many of us saw this coming does not make the blow less painful or severe. But we can fight back2022 is also a decisive election year. Together, we must put in place both federal and state legislatures that fairly represent the will of the majority. This cannot wait.  

Let us not forget in this dark moment that we have the power to elect legislators who will respect the law of the land and the will of the people this November. We must wield it. 34 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 U.S. Representative seats, 46 state legislatures, and 36 state governorships are on the ballot. These are the offices that will determine access to abortion and reproductive health care in the absence of Roe.

REQUEST YOUR BALLOT FOR 2022

What you feel right now: do not forget it. Instead, resolve to turn this moment into collective action. Ways to fight back can be found in this statement from DA's Global Women's Caucus.

Raise your voice. Vote. And bring other people with you. 

In Solidarity,

Ann HesseDA Global Women's Caucus Chair

Candice KerestanDA International Chair


DA Quebec 2022 AGM

Please join us for the DA Quebec 2002 AGM.  We look forward to members joining us to talk about the work our chapter has done and the many ways in which we can support the GOTV effort. 

Scroll down to RSVP for this event.


Quebec

Montreal Cityscape

US CITIZENS/DUAL CITIZENS LIVING IN QUEBEC CAN VOTE IN US ELECTIONS 

Everyone needs to know this: 

OVERSEAS voters can make the difference in tight races

EVERY vote counts

DA continues to INCREASE the number of votes returned from overseas

  • 2024 will be another CONSEQUENTIAL election cycle.
  • 2023 will be an important PLANNING year.
  • With these two things in mind, I would like to invite all QUEBEC members to consider putting their name in for nomination for the 2023-25 Board.
  • Failing that, please consider working WITH the board to assist in its GOTV projects over the next two years.

  • The chapter NEEDS your input.
  • The chapter needs your ENERGY and IDEAS.
  • There are thousands of US citizens/dual citizens in Canada.
  • Lots of them live in our province and DA needs to do all that it can to return the maximum number of votes to the US.

The Quebec Chapter Chair, Randi Weitzner, can be reached at [email protected].

donate-button_montreal.png

Detailed information about voting from Quebec can be found here.

Join Dems Abroad | Register for your ballot VoteFromAbroad.org
Follow us: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter


Montreal 2021 AGM update

DA Montreal Election results:

All members of the board were uncontested for their positions and so will be returning for the 2021-23 term.

Chair – Randi Weitzner

Vice Chair – Gib Primeau

Secretary – Deb Lazar

Treasurer – Brent Jamsa

We had good attendance at our AGM. Beyond a recap of last year’s activities plus the elections, we also presented the concept of project managers – small, often time limited positions that volunteers might want to consider.  We have already received interest in a few spots, but we can use more people.  Please take a look below and reach out to us at [email protected] if you are interested.

Read more

2021 Montreal Board Candidate Statements

The Nominations and Elections Committee received the following candidate statements from Randi Weitzner for Chair and Debra Lazar for Secretary. These two names will appear on the ballot when distributed on March 15. There were no nominations submitted for Vice Chair and Treasurer. If you are interested in being considered for these spots, the NEC will be receiving names by floor nomination at the AGM on March 30.

Read more

Notice of Montreal Chapter AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Montreal will take place on Tuesday, March 30, 7PM.  Respecting Covid protocols, the meeting will take place online.  Links to the meeting will be provided for all members who RSVP.