Make sure you’re on the voter list

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

It’s elec­tion time again and with it the usual as­sort­ment of taste­less at­tack ads that mir­ror US style elec­tions. With that also comes the re­spon­si­bil­ity and civic duty of get­ting out vot­ing. I went online (http://www.elec­tions.ca) to check if I was reg­is­tered. I was not. This, de­spite my cur­rent ad­dress be­ing the same since 2000 and my par­tic­i­pa­tion in all elec­tions both fed­eral and pro­vin­cial, is un­think­able.

I con­tacted can­di­dates, other peo­ple I know and a few close friends. Af­ter many phone calls and in­box mes­sages, we fig­ured out what the prob­lem is.

Un­less you have a house num- ber you are not con­sid­ered el­i­gi­ble as a voter for Elec­tion 2015. This is a ma­jor is­sue — the dif­fi­culty peo­ple have com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Elec­tions Canada. To the av­er­age voter this means that 2.9 Mil­lion vot­ers are not con­sid­ered as vot­ers on Oc­to­ber 19. Not online.

If you want to be sure of your vot­ing priv­i­leges in the fed­eral elec­tion, try online first. If you do have dif­fi­culty, check­ing now will give you am­ple time to rec­tify your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion. Then call them at 1-800-463-6868 or lo­cally in St. John’s at 1-866-201-2837.

The above is due en­tirely to Prime Min­is­ter Harper’s re­word­ing of the Elec­tions Act ear­lier this year. I urge all of you to check your el­i­gi­bil­ity as a voter and please help those with­out In­ter­net to be sure they are el­i­gi­ble as well.

Please check your voter sta­tus. If I un­cover any fur­ther tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, I’ll let you know.

If you want to be sure of your vot­ing priv­i­leges in the fed­eral elec­tion, try online first.

Wanda White writes from Broad Cove

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