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Residents involved about lacking voter playing cards

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For the primary time in his 21 years as a Ward 4 resident, Tony Blak didn’t obtain a vote card within the mail.

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The South Walkerville retiree and proprietor of Tony Blak’s Union Bakery instructed the Star that, had he acquired his card, he would have voted in an advance ballot this municipal election as he at all times does. However as an alternative, he is left questioning the place to solid his nerd on Oct. 24.

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“It is disappointing,” Blak mentioned. “I am hoping that I am registered and in a position to vote and that they’re going to settle for no matter identification I carry.”

Blak is one in all a number of members of a Fb group for South Walkerville residents who mentioned their voter playing cards by no means arrived. Quite a few the residents, together with Blak, voiced concern that the shortage of supply to their neighborhood might be a part of a vote suppression conspiracy.

Particularly, they mentioned they feared their playing cards weren’t delivered as a result of the vast majority of residents of their ward supported present Ward 4 Coun. Chris Holt, now a mayoral candidate, in his 2018 re-election bid.

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Steve Vlachodimos, town’s clerk, mentioned “very emphatically” that that was not the case.

“There isn’t any different phrase to explain something about that type of an accusation,” Vlachodimos instructed the Star. “We don’t, nor would we be capable of do such a factor.”

The problem of some voter playing cards not arriving at their vacation spot just isn’t distinctive to any explicit neighborhood, he mentioned. It is also not distinctive to Windsor.

“That is my eighth election, and it has at all times been sadly a problem. It simply goes with the territory of mass mailings for such a notification card, however we do have mechanisms in place to guarantee everybody that you don’t want to have an precise notification card (to vote).

“It is a Canada Submit problem. By way of mailing, it is outdoors of our management. We depend on mail to get these playing cards on the market.”

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Whereas residents are inspired to carry their voter playing cards with them once they go to vote, the playing cards should not a requirement. Eligible voters should show their identification and residential tackle utilizing acceptable identification no matter whether or not they have a voter card.

To search out out the place your polling station is, name 311 or go to windsorelections.ca and enter your title, tackle, and date of delivery below the heading “Am I on the record?” Town’s 311 name middle is open Monday by Friday from 8 am to 4 pm On election day, 311 will function from 8 am to eight pm to help voters.

Polls will probably be open on Monday from 10 am to eight pm Any Canadian citizen age 18 or older who lives in or owns land within the Metropolis of Windsor can vote. The partner of any such land proprietor or tenant also can vote within the metropolis.

Folks serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional establishment should not eligible to vote, Additionally ineligible are firms and people appearing as executors or trustees or in some other consultant capability, besides as a voting proxy in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act.

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