Advance polls for Montreal's municipal election open this weekend

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Several polling stations are open Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Several polling stations are open Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press - image credit)

If you want to get a jump start on the municipal election and beat the rush next week, this weekend is your chance.

Advance polls are open Saturday and Sunday for Montrealers to cast their vote ahead of regular election days on Nov. 6 and 7.

Several polling stations are open starting today from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil.

Voters are encouraged to check their reminder card that was mailed to them or visit Élections Montréal to find out where to vote.

Masks are required to enter polling stations.

To vote, a piece of identification — such as a Quebec driver's license, health insurance card, Canadian passport, Indian status card or Canadian Forces identity card — must be shown.

The reminder card is not mandatory, but it allows election officials to locate the elector's name more quickly on the list of electors.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, electoral authorities suggest that Montrealers bring their own lead pencil or black or blue pen. However, single-use pencils will also be available at voting tables.

Montreal's municipal election aims to fill a total of 103 positions: the city mayor, 18 borough mayors, 46 city councillors and 38 borough councillors.

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