Final Report and Recommendations
This report was authored by Mr. Harry Neufeld, an independent elections expert whom Elections Canada commissioned to conduct a review of compliance by election officers with election day procedures, in response to events that occurred in the Etobicoke Centre riding during the general election of May 2, 2011.
The report contains Mr. Neufeld’s findings and recommendations following the review. The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada’s response is contained within the report.
The following documents were produced during the course of the review:
- Best Practices for Ensuring Compliance with Registration and Vouching Procedures (by Rohan Kembhavi, Elections Canada). This research paper summarizes findings from a survey on compliance undertaken with provincial, territorial and overseas electoral management bodies.
- The Evolution of the Duties to be Fulfilled by Poll Staff with Regards to Registration and Voting on Polling Day and Advance Polling Days, 1920 to 2012 (by Louis Massicotte, Université Laval). This research paper provides an assessment of the evolution of tasks fulfilled by election officers at the polls since 1920.
- Compliance Review – Interim Report (by Harry Neufeld, Reviewer). This report summarizes consultations undertaken during workshops with key stakeholders as part of the Compliance Review.
Preventing Deceptive Communications with Electors
The report, Preventing Deceptive Communications with Electors: Recommendations from the Chief Electoral Officer Following the 41st General Election, is in response to incidents that occurred during the 41st general election of May 2, 2011, involving deceptive communications with electors. The purpose of the report is to examine preventive and enforcement measures that should be taken to deal with deceptive communications. The report builds on a discussion paper released in November 2012. In preparing the report, Elections Canada consulted Canadian electors and used the discussion paper to engage political parties and experts on the matter being considered. Links to the documents resulting from those consultations appear below.
- Discussion paper: Issues Arising from Improper Telecommunications with Electors
- Round Table Report: Issues Arising from Improper Telecommunications with Electors (Institute for Research on Public Policy; external link)
- Survey of Electors on Communications with Electors