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Make sure you’re on the voter list


It’s election time again and with it the usual assortment of tasteless attack ads that mirror US style elections.

With that also comes the responsibility and civic duty of getting out voting. I went online (http://www.elections.ca) to check if I was registered. I was not. This, despite my current address being the same since 2000 and my participation in all elections both federal and provincial, is unthinkable.

I contacted candidates, other people I know and a few close friends. After many phone calls and inbox messages, we figured out what the problem is.

Unless you have a house number you are not considered eligible as a voter for Election 2015. This is a major issue — the difficulty people have communicating with Elections Canada. To the average voter this means that 2.9 Million voters are not considered as voters on October 19. Not online.

If you want to be sure of your voting privileges in the federal election, try online first. If you do have difficulty, checking now will give you ample time to rectify your particular situation. Then call them at 1-800-463-6868 or locally in St. John’s at 1-866-201-2837.

The above is due entirely to Prime Minister Harper’s rewording of the Elections Act earlier this year. I urge all of you to check your eligibility as a voter and please help those without Internet to be sure they are eligible as well. 

Please check your voter status. If I uncover any further technical difficulties, I’ll let you know.

Wanda White writes from Broad Cove

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