Vot­ing card mix up.

The McLeod River Post - - Front Page - Ian McInnes

Elec­tions Canada has al­ready been re­ported with hav­ing some is­sues with vot­ing cards, vot­ers be­ing in­structed to vote nearly 600km away, the web­site show­ing some vot­ers as un­reg­is­tered and oth­ers. Elec­tions are a mas­sive lo­gis­ti­cal op­er­a­tion and some­times what can go wrong will go wrong.

How­ever, we haven’t come across this one be­fore. We were shown a voter in­for­ma­tion card by some­one, whom as a per­ma­nent res­i­dent knows full well they are not en­ti­tled to vote, have never reg­is­tered to vote and never would register un­less they were a citizen.

This per­son has no in­ten­tion of try­ing to vote yet look­ing at the card it would be easy to pro­vide the right iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and do so. One has to ask how com­mon this is? How can a per­son that has never reg­is­tered to vote turn up on an elec­tion data­base?

“I would love to eb able to vote but I can’t,” said the lo­cal per­son.

Per­haps more un­set­tling is how many other peo­ple that are not en­ti­tled to vote might vote this time or with no com­pul­sory ID re­quire­ment of cit­i­zen­ship how many peo­ple have voted be­fore that were not sup­posed to?

We have put all of these ques­tions to Elec­tions Canada but at the time of pub­li­ca­tion have not re­ceived a re­sponse.

Photo cour­tesy of Elec­tions Canada

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