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