Postal voting for those 70 and over | Montreal, how to justify this refusal?

The election period has been on for three weeks. The increasing number of signs reminds us that we will exercise our right to vote in municipal elections on November 7. This is the immense privilege that our democratic system confers on us.

Except that, since the announcement of Valérie Plante’s decision not to allow postal voting for people aged 70 and over for Montreal and its boroughs, I have wondered about the validity of the results of these elections.

In Quebec, 464 municipalities have accepted this accommodation because of the pandemic. These 464 municipalities have decided to make voting easier for their citizens, encouraging their participation in this democratic exercise. Among these municipalities are the 10 most populous in Quebec, except Montreal and its boroughs! However, 11 neighboring municipalities that have chosen to “de-merge” from Montreal will offer postal voting to their citizens aged 70 and over.

So, how to justify this refusal, Mme Plant?

And what I do not yet explain: how the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec, Pierre Reid, can he justify the delegation of this decision to the municipalities, which are themselves at the heart of the democratic exercise of November 7 ?

Let’s see! This kind of approach aimed at restricting the process of voting by electors is not specific to democratic societies as we know them, but more to rather autocratic societies …

Isn’t this a major criticism that has been leveled at the Plante administration – and Project Montreal in general – over the past four years?

What a great opportunity for the current mayor to be able “freely” to exclude the 70 years and over, or to make the vote difficult for them, who do not constitute her main electorate.

How to explain that the Premier of Quebec and his Chief Electoral Officer have not come forward to ensure that Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, the one that has been by far the most affected by the pandemic, offers to facilitate the process of vote for citizens aged 70 and over?

How to explain that they did not respond to the many signatories of the petitions which circulated to overturn the antidemocratic decision of Valérie Plante?

Let’s see!

Who then has the role of guardian of democratic processes in Quebec when François Legault and Pierre Reid are witnesses of this important anti-democratic breach and do not intervene as defenders of the democratic voting process in the municipal election of Greater Montreal?

All the more incomprehensible since they are aware, like us, of the challenges and results of the federal elections of September 20, a turnout that decreased despite the postal vote open to all voters and examples of failures. , which discouraged voters from voting, especially in districts of Montreal.

The next municipal elections on November 7 do not bode well if the health rules slow down the vote as on September 20 for the electorate over 70 years old. If, on September 20, 40-year-old voters left after 1.5 to 2 hours of waiting, one might think that the ballots of many people aged 70 and over will not be in the polls either.

Will the results in Montreal and its boroughs be representative of the Montreal electorate and validated by a democratic process, as we are used to?

I am far from believing it, and very surprised that there is not more outcry among the population to defend our democracy … a true democracy.

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