[FoRK] Voter registration scandal in NV

Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) fork at ianbell.com
Thu Oct 14 00:14:56 PDT 2004

On 13-Oct-04, at 8:56 PM, Russell Turpin wrote:

> Ian Andrew Bell:
>> In Canada and the UK you just show up with ID and proof of address on 
>> election day (a hydro bill, etc.) and you're good to go.
> Does that mean vagrants, nomads, and the
> homeless are disenfranchised?


 From the Elections Canada Web Site:

Yes, an elector who is homeless or without a fixed address can vote, if 
he or she registers on the voters list during an election. To register, 
the elector must provide proof of identity and the address where he or 
she is staying.

Proof of identity can be an official document bearing the elector’s 
name and signature. For residence, the address of a local shelter is 
acceptable, if the shelter has provided food, lodging or other social 
services to the elector. Without such proof, a person who is homeless 
can register on election day by taking the prescribed oath as to 
identity and residence, as long as another voter who is registered in 
the same electoral district can vouch for that person.

In practise, Elections Canada officials hired for that specific purpose 
comb neighbourhoods like Vancouver's Downtown EastSide establishing the 
voting credentials of the homeless and downtrodden.  They help them 
establish identity, register, and often as part of the process end up 
getting them back into the social services cycle if they've dropped 
off.  It's not perfect, but it beats paying database companies to cut 
legitimate voters OFF of the registry.


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