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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

To vote or not to vote

According to the EC website, in order to vote I simply need to provide my government issued photo ID. Off I go to my local voting station, license in tow. I register to vote, as I'm new to the city and was not on "the list". Once registered I'm on my

Posted on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 8:57 PM

According to the EC website, in order to vote I simply need to provide my government issued photo ID. Off I go to my local voting station, license in tow. I register to vote, as I'm new to the city and was not on "the list". Once registered I'm on my way to my booth to do my part for Canada. They again ask for my ID. Sure, here ya go. It would seem that: a) the website is incorrect, you do infact need TWO pieces of ID, and b) because I'm new to Halifax I'm SOL, my friends. Because I have no proof of address (I JUST moved, I have NOTHING with my address on it) they will not let me vote. I was able to provide the required piece of photo ID. Yet I, a tax paying Canadian citizen, was denied my right to vote because I was required to relocate. I have lived in Nova Scotia for 25 of my 28 years, I have not resided outside of Canada. And yet still I was denied my right to vote in this year's election.

They say they want more young Canadians to vote? Well, this is a lovely way to encourage them to do so. Sure, encourage them, draw them in, then yank that right out from under them.

Nicely done, Elections Canada, nicely done.

Voteless and Voiceless

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