‘You didn’t read the card,’ irate voter told

The Glengarry News - - News -

Read the card be­fore vot­ing. That was the ad­vice elec­tors were be­ing given this week af­ter a North Glen­garry elec­tor was pre­vented from cast­ing a bal­lot in the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board trustee race.

Bob Proulx, a deputy mayor can­di­date, had al­ready reg­is­tered his se­lec­tions on­line when he re­al­ized he could not choose a school board can­di­date.

On his voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card, the School Sup­port box read, “No sup­port.”

When he con­tacted the town­ship hall, he was in­formed that he was out of luck. “You didn’t read the card,” he was in­formed. Once he had logged out of the vot­ing site, he was blocked from re-en­ter­ing.

“I won­der how many other peo­ple could not vote be­cause of this mis­take,” said Mr. Proulx, who has voted for a school board trustee in pre­vi­ous elec­tions. This was an iso­lated case, re­lated mu­nic­i­pal chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Sarah Huskin­son.

“No sup­port” is a des­ig­na­tion given to busi­nesses and churches that do not spec­ify what board re­ceives their taxes. “Un­for­tu­nately, we can’t can­cel his vote af­ter he has logged out,” she noted, re­it­er­at­ing that is was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of in­di­vid­u­als to en­sure their pro- files were ac­cu­rate be­fore they be­gan vot­ing.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity does its ut­most to as­sure the ac­cu­racy of the MPAC in­for­ma­tion. With 8,000 let­ters be­ing is­sued by the town­ship, there are bound to be some prob­lems. Some vot­ers did not re­ceive voter ID cards while in other cases, ad­dresses were in­cor­rect. At one point, the in­struc­tions on the phone vot­ing ma­chine were gar­bled.

How­ever, over­all, the sys­tem has worked fine, said Ms. Huskin­son. “We tested it for weeks and weeks be­fore the elec­tion,” she re­lated.

“That was re­ally easy” was the re­view from some el­derly peo­ple who were orig­i­nally leery of the tech­nol­ogy.

ID ER­ROR: Bob Proulx couldn’t vote in the Up­per Canada Disc­trict School Board elec­tions be­cause his voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card er­ro­neously said he sup­ported no board.

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