But here's where the rubber meets the road: a post-election survey done by Elections Canada indicated that 4 percent of respondents didn't vote because they didn't have the required documentation. Of another 4 percent who showed up without the proper documents, 0.5 percent went home and didn't return to cast their votes.
There were 13,929,093 ballots cast in the 40th General Election. Hence, 626,809 votes were lost due to voter identification issues. The people most likely to have been turned away were those living in rural or northern regions, nursing homes, on the streets or in temporary shelter (homeless) and students.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Back in November, I was prattling on about how the Conservative campaign was premised on voter suppression rather than convincing anyone of the superiority of their policies*. Challenging the Commonplace has, by digging through the Elections Canada report on the 40th General Election, some further proof that this was indeed the strategy.
This puts some meat on the bone of contention that these changes were designed to disenfranchise people who are more likely to vote ABC. Just as the photo ID regulations are formulated to discourage citizens from a subset that have voted predominately for the Liberals in the past.
Depending on the amount of overlap between the denied voters and the 500,00 Ontario Liberal voters who stayed away due to the Conservative ad campaign there may have been enough votes suppressed to have swung the results in key ridings.
That is in the past. All of the Opposition parties had better formulate a plan to deal with this or they could face an even stronger voter suppression campaign when we next go to the polls. (In the Fall?)
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