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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:42 pm    Post subject: Advance poll dates fall on Easter weekend Reply with quote

( this seems very odd , looking for a perspective from more religious people as to the affect this might have . will many people feel uncomfortable with voting during easter ? and so voter turnout drop even more than expected ? like who is going to go to all the trouble of applying for alternative voter kit ? )


Advance poll dates fall on Easter weekend
By Ian Robertson, QMI Agency

TORONTO - The three dates for advance polls this election fall on Easter weekend.

With the election set for the first Monday in May, federal regulations for early voting require advance polls on April 22, 23 and 25.

The first opportunity to cast a ballot is on Good Friday, the last is Easter Monday -- both days when many Christians go to church and are busy with family.

One is a statutory holiday, the other a religious holiday.

During the last election, the advance poll dates started on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

There were reports of many Jews upset before the 2008 election and the number of advance poll voters was slightly lower than in the 2006 election, but in the Greater Toronto Area, voters in Thornhill -- which has the largest Jewish population of any Canadian riding -- had the fourth-highest pre-election day turnout.

Anyone who can't cast ballots on the three days in April or on May 2 can apply for a ballot to forward by mail or deliver in person to an Elections Canada office.

Voters must apply for an alternate voting kit by 6 p.m. April 26, via www.elections.ca, by phone or visit one of Elections Canada's offices.

"Elections Canada continues to increase the accessibility of the electoral process by offering Canadians flexibility in how and when they can vote," Marc Mayrand, Canada's chief electoral officer, said in an advisory.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Ca.....26081.html
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Advance poll dates fall on Easter weekend Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
( this seems very odd , looking for a perspective from more religious people as to the affect this might have . will many people feel uncomfortable with voting during easter ? and so voter turnout drop even more than expected ? like who is going to go to all the trouble of applying for alternative voter kit ? )


In many places Good Friday and/or Easter Monday is a regular working day and if people work I am sure they would vote. Of course this is an advance poll and affects only a small number of voters.

The Roman Catholic Church has asked for poll workers to have the right not to be required to work on Good Friday. I suspect few would make such a request.
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