'Fair' Elections Act could disenfranchise half a million voters, says elections expert
Harry Neufeld, a former Elections Canada executive and eight-year chief of Elections BC was commissioned by Elections Canada to author a compliance review after 2011 election day irregularities in the Toronto riding of Etobicoke Centre led to a Supreme Court of Canada court challenge. Neufeld audited 1,000 polls from the 2011 election in addition to three by elections.
Neufeld said that during the 2011 election, about 400,000 people legally voted in 2011 using voter information cards as residence identification. Meanwhile, another 120,000 or so citizens relied on vouching to prove their identity.
That, he said, means over 500,000 people who would be hurt by the legislation.