Meeting Summary – Post 42nd General Election Special Meeting – November 19, 2015
Appendix C: Written Comments Received from ACPP Members
Four political parties submitted additional written comments following the November 19 meeting, which are summarized below.
1. Registration, electronic registration and online services to voters
- There needs to be proper photo identification; online registration could compromise voters' identity.
- While online services to voters were generally very good, these services are not available to those voters without easy access to computers, e.g. elderly; those living in certain First Nations' communities. One suggestion for the future is for more outreach activities to assist specific communities in registering voters.
2. Voting operations (e.g. advance voting, voting by special ballot, polling places, ID policy)
- Some polling stations didn't open quickly enough due to a shortage of volunteers. Lines were very long, particularly at the advance polls.
- The additional EC offices on campuses were very successful.
- While the changes in electoral boundaries were appreciated, polls were located at long distances from where voters were living, requiring them to have cars, if in remote areas or smaller communities, in order to get to the polls.
- There was the sentiment that some candidates who violated advance polling restricted areas were not punished, and that this might have an impact on voters at advance polling.
- The fact that some polling stations ran out of ballots is an issue of serious concern.
- While a number of polling stations opened one or two hours late, the CEO did not extend voting hours in those locations.
3. Communication with electors
- The increased communication was noticeable. There seemed to be clarity in the information.
- VICs sometimes had incorrect polling places/addresses, confusing voters.
4. Other comments and observations
- There was less exclusion reported by candidates from all-candidates' meetings, which was good, but some media sources still sometimes completely ignore the small parties. CBC's coverage, including election-night coverage, ignored all but the top four parties, denying all registered parties the right to public credibility.