El­i­gi­ble vot­ers could be dis­en­fran­chised by stricter ID rules

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

TORONTO — Deny­ing peo­ple the abil­ity to use voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards as valid ID at the polls could dis­en­fran­chise tens of thou­sands of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion, ad­vo­cacy groups warned in court Thurs­day. The Coun­cil of Cana­di­ans and the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Stu­dents are seek­ing an in­terim in­junc­tion against a key voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­vi­sion in the Fair Elec­tions Act, passed last year. The Harper gov­ern­ment made changes to voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion rules last year out of con­cern over voter fraud. The or­ga­ni­za­tions want Canada's chief elec­toral of­fi­cer to be able to au­tho­rize voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards as valid ID, a power that was taken away in the act. With­out a voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card, vot­ers need a piece of photo ID with their cur­rent ad­dress or two pieces of ID, one with a photo and one with a cur­rent ad­dress. The Cana­dian Press

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