Investigation continues into mail ballot registration allegations
Surrey: The Surrey RCMP continues to investigate concerns of any possible wrongdoing in Surrey’s mail ballot registration process for the 2018 Civic Election. Police are appealing to any potential victims to contact police directly in order to expedite this investigation. To date, the Surrey RCMP has only received third party allegations of any wrongdoing in the election process. No individuals have come forward to the Surrey RCMP to say that they have been victimized in any matters related to the voting process.
Surrey RCMP investigators have received a total of 72 mail ballot registration applications from Surrey’s Chief Elections Officer as a result of some noted irregularities in the applications. Investigators are reviewing each of these application forms and following up with each registrant to ensure the legitimacy of each application and whether or not the irregularities were as a result of an innocent error on the part of the applicant. The Surrey RCMP is asking anyone who believes they have been or may have been victimized or unduly coerced for votes or personal information for voting purposes, to report it directly to the police through our new dedicated phone line for this investigation at 604599-7848.
“It is extremely important that we receive firsthand complaints from any individuals who may have been victimized so we can properly investigate these incidents,” says Corporal Elenore Sturko. “We understand the time-sensitivity of this situation and have dedicated a significant number of resources and a new tip line to this investigation, so the citizens of Surrey can be confident in the election process.” As noted by Chief Elections Officer, Anthony Capuccinello Iraci, during the City of Surrey’s press conference on October 1st the election has not been compromised as no ballots were sent out by mail and the mail ballot process has been amended to further protect the integrity of the election.