Just got back from voting ..had to wait an hour. The advance polls here in Victoria (on the People’s Republic of Vancouver Island) are showing us, first hand, how Harper has gutted Elections Canada..
Dickens would feel right at home..a clerk (I am not making this up) has to hand write your name and address after looking over your ID, then you have to sign it, then you finally get a ballot..then the one and only person sent to actually hand you a ballot does so, apologizing profusely for the long delay..one person at a time, about five minutes per person…
I feel bad for the poor election workers, they must be getting lots of snark from those of us in line..but don’t give in to frustration, keep the faith, and put the blame squarely where it lies..with our present regime, they gutted Elections Canada and would like nothing better than to discourage us from voting..at least I was inside, could have been worse..
Now this afternoon, starting at 12 pm, the bulk of us were seniors and young people..probably students from the nearby Uni…I am trying to imagine the scenario when those who are still gainfully employed try and hit the advanced polls..those will be the real numbers that will be waiting impatiently, if at all..after a hard day’s work who wants to stand in line for an hour or more and vote? I saw people in the doorway take a look inside and walk away..another success for Harper who wants as few voters as possible from a region where he knows that he won’t be getting the X by his name..
And will this stupidity be repeated for the next three days as well, during the advance poll? Of course it will, according to the women running the show at my polling station..I felt bad for them, frustrated, harassed, so apologetic for what they have no control over…
I’m willing to bet the farm that this is happening, strategically, all over the country, wherever Con supporters are thin on the ground..some enterprising journalists should check and see if I’m right, because if I am, I think it’s criminal a sort of fraud perpetrated on voters to either discourage them altogether or make it difficult to stick it out..
Reminds me of all those pictures from the States during Obama’s first campaign, of voters hung out to dry, waiting outdoors in all weather, to vote for their choice..compared to that, I may not have much of a point to make, but it is wrong to try and dissuade any legitimate voter from casting their ballot.