Every vote is sacred, if you have the right ID

As many as 450,000 Canadians may have been excluded from voting in the last federal election


Changes to federal election laws to toughen requirements for voter identification were meant to protect the sanctity of the ballot box. In fact, they may have excluded as many as 450,000 people from legitimately casting their votes in the last federal election and changed the outcome of several close races, says a report in the Tyee.ca. The Vancouver-based online journal bases that number on its analysis of a report released last week by Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand. Those particularly affected by the ID requirement include the elderly, homeless people and a group the Tyee neglected to mention—post-secondary students living away from home.

The Tyee

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Every vote is sacred, if you have the right ID

  1. Post-secondary students living away from “home” can vote in the riding in which they reside on election day simply by showing a piece of photo ID and proof of residence (such as an electricity bill, for example). NOT very onerous.

    • That is only if you are to vote in the riding in which you are going to school. However, you should NOT be voting in that riding as post-secondary students are considered residences of their original riding for all government purposes (which can sometimes be a benefit when you are living in Ottawa and the AB gov’t sends you a 400 dollar cheque). Ignoring that important detail, many students choose to have most important documents mailed to their parents’ home as they move so much, or they get other bills delivered electronically for the same reason. I lived 4 years away from home and don’t have a single document proving my residence as Ottawa. If you wish to vote correctly you have to do it by special ballot weeks ahead of time, a fact which is rarely advertised. Luckily, I am a poli sci nerd so I researched all this, but I do know people that were unable to vote because they did not have any proof of address readily available (bills were either in another person’s name or listed a different home address) and had missed the early ballot so where unable to exercise their democratic rights.
      Maybe its not THAT onerous, but it is certainly denying some people the vote.

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