As advanced polls are underway this weekend, showing big student turnout and long lines directly attributed to confusion over the new rules under the Fair Elections Act, we wonder about whether or not there will be some kind of repeat of the events of 2011 (ie: Robocalls). So to add fuel to the paranoia (however justified), Fair Vote Guelph is organizing a Rally Against Voter Suppression for the coming week.
Here are the details according to a Fair Vote Guelph press release:
At least two communities heavily impacted by vote suppression robocalls in past elections are staging democracy rallies on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 over the noon hour.
Citizens in Guelph and Victoria are calling on elected officials and Elections Canada to properly investigate the robocall crimes of 2008 and 2011 and ensure the integrity of our electoral system.
Activists in Guelph and Victoria also want to raise awareness and ensure all Canadians remain vigilant about potential vote suppression tactics in the lead up to the General Federal Election on October 19, 2015.
Sebastian Silva of Victoria-based Canadians for Fair Elections, contacted Fair Vote Guelph to gauge interest in coordinating efforts. October 14th marks the anniversary of the 2008 Federal Election – the first election in which misleading robocalls were successfully used to skew the outcome of the vote in Saanich-Gulf Islands.
The Guelph rally will take place in front of the Old Quebec Street mall in downtown Guelph at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 14th. Old Quebec Street is the location to which thousands of Guelph voters were misdirected by a fraudulent robocall message which impersonated Elections Canada. The calls were launched from the Conservative campaign office.
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