It should be a good news story. But instead it's a democratic nightmare.
Large numbers of Canadians are flocking to advance polling stations across the country.
Only to leave without casting their ballots because of the long lineups.
Many Canadians complained Friday, the first day people could vote in advance polls, about insufficient staffing, long lineups and long wait times.
And whatever Elections Canada chooses to call it, it is voter suppression.
"We are hearing reports from across the country about two-hour, three-hour lineups," said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research. "People walking away." "It's going to be a real test of people's patience, and to see whether or not people do have the patience, to sit in line for two, three, four hours."
Because this is bizarre.
Elections Canada will send 5,600 corrected voter information cards to residents in the Toronto-St. Paul's riding after the first batch told people to vote at an address that doesn't exist.
This is enough to make even the Poutine gang green or blue with envy.
It’s a tale of two cards and one ballot to cast. Recently, voters in Winnipeg South Centre were mailed two separate voter cards informing them to show up at two different polling stations. The double mail-out caused confusion among voters about where they should show up to cast their ballots on October 19.
Or make Pierre Poilievre who diddled the Elections Act really excited...
Although hopefully not TOO excited.
But since we know that Con gang must be gearing up to suppress the vote and try to steal the election again, it's the last thing we need.
Elections Canada needs to come clean and tell us whether the Cons didn't give them enough money to run an election properly, in addition to making it more difficult to vote.
Is it just gross incompetence? Or are they under orders to slow down the process and discourage as many voters as possible?
And we need to document what is happening out there by reporting all problems to this site or this one.
So we can get a good idea of the scope of the problem. And whether the election should be postponed until a large
Because we really don't want to see Stephen Harper celebrating his victory like he did last time, hours before the polls closed, even as the robocalls were going out.
In a manner that can only be described as deeply disturbing or CRAZED....
So we really need to make a fuss about this outrageous voter suppression.
Remind Canadians that the Cons did try to steal the last election.
And make it clear to Elections Canada that it better get its act together and pronto.
Because we can't wait to vote...
And the best news? It looks as if the turnout for this election is going to be better than we have seen for a long time.
And the more Canadians who turn out to vote, the less chance Stephen Harper has of clinging to power.
He has reigned long enough.
And with our ballots we shall bury him and his foul regime.
Gosh. Isn't that a great thought?
My kingdom for a shovel !!!!!!
Have a great weekend everybody...
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