Quebecers head to polls to have their say about future of their municipalities

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Quebecers head to polls to have their say about future of their municipalities
A woman heads to a polling station on Saturday in La Prairie, on Montreal's south shore. Polls will be open across Quebec on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC - image credit)
A woman heads to a polling station on Saturday in La Prairie, on Montreal's south shore. Polls will be open across Quebec on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC - image credit)

Quebec's municipal elections are taking place this weekend, and Sunday is the last opportunity for residents to vote.

Out of the 10 most populous cities in the province, Montreal is the only municipality with two days of voting this weekend, Elections Montreal says.

It confirmed in a tweet that voter turnout in Montreal reached 25.4 per cent as of noon on Sunday.

Quebec City's voter turnout reached 19.5 per cent by 11:45 a.m., according to the city's Twitter page.

Across Quebec, polls will be open on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters heading to the polls need to bring a valid piece of photo identification, such as a health insurance card or a driver's licence.

For those who received a voter's reminder card, it can speed up the process of identification at the polling station.

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In Montreal, the two leading candidates for mayor, incumbent Valérie Plante and Denis Coderre, are squaring off in a rematch of the 2017 campaign.

Coderre is seeking to make a comeback after serving as mayor for one term until his defeat four years ago.

Voters in Quebec City and Laval will elect a new mayor, as Régis Labeaume and Marc Demers, respectively, didn't seek re-election.

If you're wondering why you should take the time to head out to a polling station, here's some information about why your vote matters.

And if you're still making up your mind about which candidates to vote for, here are some stories you might want to read:

How to follow the election results on CBC in Quebec

CBC Montreal will be tracking live results online.

CBC Radio One will have a special live radio broadcast in the province with host Sean Henry beginning at 8 p.m. Listeners can tune in live on the CBC Listen app.

CBC Montreal News will also be providing results and analysis with a special election show hosted by Debra Arbec starting at 11 p.m.

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