Elections Quebec handling complaints about company that promised extra vacation for PQ defeat
Published Monday, April 7, 2014 5:09PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 7, 2014 6:55PM EDT
Voter turnout has been brisk, and Elections Quebec expects turnout a bit higher than the last time Quebecers went to the polls in 2012: about 75 percent.
By 3 p.m. Monday more than 41 percent of voters had cast ballots, slightly more than the 40 percent who had cast their ballots by that point in 2012.
Many candidates and political partisans were doing their utmost to get out the vote, but electoral laws dictate just how far they can go and where.
"A candidate can be on the voting polling station - he cannot influence the vote. He cannot ask an elector to vote for him. He can greet electors, say hello, he can be there to observe the vote," said Johanne Patry of Elections Quebec.
What's less clear is how far citizens can go as one business owner found out.
Robert Cutler wrote his employees a memo promising them a day off if the PQ loses the election.
No one at Delmar Industries would speak to CTV but the company's Facebook page was inundated with comments and complaints.
Elections Quebec confirmed the complaints but would not comment.
"A citizen can express his or her views as long as it's not paid publicity. He can go on Facebook or Twitter as long as this publicity is not paid by this party," said Patry.
Polls remain open until 8 p.m., and after that point come back to check election results.
The president of Delmar Industries offered employees an extra vacation day if the PQ lost the election.