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  • Say YES to Mail-in Voting

    Posted on March 9th, 2021 admin No comments

    A friend of mine posted this Americanized meme to her Facebook page.

    She asserted, “I will stand in line to vote I will not mail in my vote for someone else to screw around with it.”

    I suspect that she has been excessively influenced by Trumpist nonsense about “mail in ballot fraud” and apparently knows little about how the Canadian election system provides security for mail-in ballots; it includes voter ID and proof of address, and there is no more chance for “someone to screw around with it” than there is for a ballot at a polling station.

    At any rate, here’s my reply.

    Good for you for standing in line to vote. Not everyone is so lucky as to have that choice. BTW in Canada it’s called a mail-in special ballot.

    • Would you deny the right to vote to CANADIAN CITIZENS who are in the military and posted away from home — the very veterans who protect your freedom to vote? They have to vote by mail-in special ballot.
    • Would you deny the vote to CANADIAN CITIZENS who are business people who need to be away from home — so that you can have a job, or things to eat and buy? They will vote by mail-in special ballot.
    • Would you deny the vote to CANADIAN CITIZENS who are students taking advantage of an opportunity to study at a prestigious school elsewhere? They can only vote by mail-in special ballot.
    • Would you deny the vote to CANADIAN CITIZENS who live in isolated areas without an actual polling station? They have no place to line up to vote, so they have to use mail-in special ballots.
    • Would you deny the vote to CANADIAN CITIZENS who are aged, infirm, ill, or hospitalized, and so cannot stand in line with you? Are they any less citizens than you? Yet you would deny their right to vote by mail-in special ballot?

    My friend, I’m proud that you’ll stand in line to vote! But there are many Canadian citizens who cannot stand in line. If you want to deny other those Canadians their right to vote by denying them access to mail-in special ballot, I say shame on you!

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