A woman, who went to cast her ballot at an advanced poll, was turned away. Not because she forgot her I.D. or couldn’t prove residency… but because of a medical condition. An enumerator who went to her residence simply decided that she wasn’t fit to vote, without even talking to her. Then, when she went to the polling station, she was turned away on the grounds of being unregistered.
Can we say DISCRIMINATION?
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This woman, like any other, regardless of age or disability, deserves to cast her vote as she sees fit. It is her right as a Canadian citizen. Wherever she places her X, it is her right to do so.
I honestly hope there are some serious consequences for the unnamed enumerator in this mess. This is not a matter that should be handled internally. I personally would like to see some outside involvement, and possible charges being laid. Discrimination on any basis is not something to be taken lightly.
I am honestly too outraged to post much more than the basic facts here… I’ll soon start making up words and just flinging my arms around violently. This is SOOOO not okay. Not even remotely.
This woman, regardless of how well she understands the political game (and truly, how well do any of us understand it?), deserves to vote. The fact that some government worker went to her home and simply decided she was unfit – without even talking to her – is reprehensible. Very honestly, if someone is capable of telling you their name, their age, and can identify themselves as a Canadian citizen (in one way or another), then they have the right to put their X wherever they see fit. Even if this information must be relayed through a third party (as would be the case for my younger sister, Marie) they have the right to vote.
To read the story by CBC, click below: