Elliot Lake – Some people in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing may discover their voter cards are sending them to outlying towns even when there is a polling location in their own community.
Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing NDP candidate, Carol Hughes discovered the problem while door knocking in a north shore community.
“Even if there is a polling station in the community, some people are being asked to travel,” said Hughes. “I met people on one street who are being sent to vote in three different locations, two of which are in outlying communities.”
Hughes worries the distant polling locations may cause voters to stay home.
“We always want to make it easier for people to vote. That’s not the case here,” said Hughes. “My campaign has been in touch with Elections Canada about this.”
Hughes says her campaign was advised Elections Canada would not be notifying voters, but that affected people can vote in their own community even if their voter card sends them elsewhere.