Opinion

Voting should be easier, not more convoluted

Why do the Conservatives persist in the claim that vouching resulted in widespread electoral fraud in the last federal election?

In fact, former B.C. Chief Electoral Officer Harry Neufeld says that there have  been only a handful of deliberate fraud cases in either federal or provincial elections. Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand confirmed it.

Mr. Neufeld said that expanded use of Elections Canada’s Voter Information Card could reduce the need for vouching.

If this government wants to reduce the use of vouching, why not give Elections Canada even more tools to keep track of eligible voters in order to produce more accurate VICs?

If they are so concerned about errors being made by poll workers, why not give Elections Canada better funding to hire and fully train those people well before each election?

This government should empower Elections Canada to make it easier – not harder – for citizens to vote.

Freya Keddie

Victoria

 

 

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