Early October federal and provincial fixed voting days shut out people with kids, and university and college students
Four provincial legislatures should
open for one day to push back election days to end of October
Today, Democracy Watch called on the Ontario,
Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward
Island governments to open the legislature for one day
in the next week to pass a bill that would make their
provincial elections much more democratic by pushing the
fixed-date election day to the last Monday in October
(or early November, as in Saskatchewan which is also
having a fixed date election this fall (and many
provinces also use early November for their fixed
election date for municipal elections)).
These four provinces (and the federal Conservatives for federal elections) set their fixed-date election days for every four years in early October. People with children in school spend the first few weeks of September very busy with setting up their childrens' fall schedules, and so don't have time to participate in the election campaign or even watch it closely.
University and college students are also very busy the first few weeks of September, and also if they move from their hometown for school they often have no proof that they live in their school's location until mid-October, and so they are shut out from voting.
in these four provinces should want to increase
voter turnout, and so they should take one day this
week to meet and push back their fixed election
dates to late October to give parents and
post-secondary students more of a chance to
participate in their elections and to vote,"
said Duff Conacher, Founding Director of Democracy
Watch. "There is no reason to
have an election so early in the fall in these
four provinces, as it is very unlikely that severe
weather would significantly disrupt a later
Brunswick should also push its fixed election day
back from late September to late October. As
well, British Columbia's fixed election date is in
early May, and it should also be changed because
that is a time of year many university and college
students are very busy and/or moving.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Board member of Democracy Watch
Email: <dwatch "@" web.net>
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