Voters will have to show ID in 2015


SLM
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Voters will have to show ID in 2015




David Akin, National Bureau Chief

Apr 24, 2014 , Last Updated: 3:59 PM ET

OTTAWA — The government won't budge on a plan to force voters to produce identification at the polls, but it may be prepared to bend on some other aspects of its controversial rewrite of Canada's election rules, the prime minister's point man on the file said Thursday.
The rewrite is in Bill C-23: The Fair Elections Act, an act that has been vehemently denounced by New Democrats, Liberals and, earlier this week, 400 academics who signed an "open letter" opposing the bill.
Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre gave a speech on C-23 at a hotel here Thursday and a handful of protesters waved placards denouncing the bill.
Opponents have zeroed in on Conservative plans to eliminate vouching, a practice that lets people vote without any ID so long as someone who has ID signs a declaration that vouches for their identity. About 120,000 voted this way in 2011, or less than 1% of the electorate.
"We're open to improvements with this bill," Poilievre said in his speech. "And very soon, the government will make clear which amendments it will support, but let me be clear on this point: The Fair Elections Act in its final form will require every single voter produce ID showing who they are before they vote. Away from the noise that is political Ottawa, everyone understands that this is common sense."


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I'm surprised that many people actually voted that way in 2011, even though it only represents less 1% of the electorate.
 
Locutus
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in first

 
lone wolf
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It makes sense.... Now what are they going to do about religious things? One bolt of cloth pretty much looks like any other bolt of cloth
 
WLDB
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I started voting in 2006 and have always been asked for ID. It makes sense to do it.
 
petros
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Well, there goes Justin's First Nation votes. Harper wasn't going to get them under the vouching system anyway so now neither will anyone else
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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It's the end I tell you! The End!
 
petros
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Damn junkies.
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

I started voting in 2006 and have always been asked for ID. It makes sense to do it.

Quote: Originally Posted by SparrowView Post

I have been voting for quite a few years and we always had to show ID before voting.

yeah, I've been asked to provide id for all levels of voting, municipal, provincial, federal, etc. perhaps I have a devious look about me.
 
Sparrow
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I have been voting for quite a few years and we always had to show ID before voting.
 
mentalfloss
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We didn't have to show ID before?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

We didn't have to show ID before?

Nope. You need somebody to vouch for you or have utility bills or something with an address.
 
EagleSmack
#12
Another outstanding law by Canada that should always be enforced.


It makes perfect sense.


I give you all a universal green thumb up!
 
BaalsTears
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In the USA requiring voter IDs is opposed by a political party that wants to permit the dead, dogs, and cats to vote.
 
QuebecCanadian
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I think in all my years voting, I've always been asked for ID.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by QuebecCanadianView Post

I think in all my years voting, I've always been asked for ID.


Same here, same with my wife. Both in BC and in Alberta, so I really don't see what the big deal is.
 
taxslave
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Going to be hard to vote in 2 ridings next time around.
 
Walter
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It's racist to ask for ID.
 
Sal
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So once again, another thread where everyone agrees.... show I.D.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
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This was just a bunch of yelling about nothing.
 
Sal
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#20
I too have always been asked to show I.D.

It would never occur to me to go to vote without my I.D. and register card
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

So once again, another thread where everyone agrees.... show I.D.

I am not so sure about that.

Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I too have always been asked to show I.D.

It would never occur to me to go to vote without my I.D. and register card

The GOP has been trying to get a voter ID laws passed for years. Somehow opponents, US liberals and Democrats say it is racist.

Go figure eh Sal?
 

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