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Rose Mary Grum, Dundas

Re: I will vote, but not happily, (May 29 Letter to the editor.)

I have recently learned of another option that voters in Ontario have that Elections Canada is not communicating to the public. Under the Ontario Elections Act Section 53, voters have a right to “decline their ballot.”

The section states, “An elector who has received a ballot and returns it to the deputy returning officer declining to vote, forfeits the right to vote and the deputy returning officer shall immediately write the word ‘declined’ upon the back of the ballot and preserve it to be returned to the returning officer and shall cause an entry to be made in the poll record that the elector declined to vote.”

What is unclear, however, is that Elections Ontario does not include the number of declined ballots in the Summary of Valid Ballots Cast report so the people of Ontario do not know what is actually done with these ballots.

Perhaps if more people knew of this option and exercised their right to use this option, voters may send a clear message to our politicians that we are tired of the same old rhetoric of slandering the other parties and we wish to be provided with a clear platform of the practices the party wishes to implement before calling an election and wasting the tax payer dollars.

 

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