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Elections Canada report finds failures denied Ontario First Nations voters right to vote – Verve times

Mar 28, 2022

OTTAWA — Elections Canada has apologized to voters in three Ontario First Nations communities after breakdowns in communication led to them being denied their right to vote in the last election.

An inquiry by the elections body found that fly-in communities in the riding of Kenora had their local polling stations cancelled ahead of election day. But many voters were not told about the changes and tried to vote unsuccessfully on election day.

A report published today by Elections Canada into why Indigenous voters in Cat Lake, Poplar Hill and Pikangikum were denied the right to vote found that the local returning officer replaced the election day poll with a one-day advance poll after learning of a conflict with hunting and cultural activities in those communities on Sept. 20.

But the change was not communicated clearly to voters, and the original polling day was advertised on people’s voter information cards.

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