A record number of mail-voting votes are expected in this federal election, according to a spokesperson for the Canadian Election Commission, but the process is very different from that used in the last US election.
In the 2019 federal elections, 50,000 Canadians voted by mail, but this time the pandemic could swell to 2-3 million. In an Angus Reid poll last November, one in five Canadians (including 36% of Alberts and 41% of conservative voters) found the 2020 US presidential election unfair and contested. I believed it should be done.
Matthew McKenna, a spokesman for the Canadian Election Commission, told The Epoch Times that Canadians can be more confident in the approach used in the country.
“In a way, it’s a bit like comparing apples and bananas. Both [countries] Including the elements of voting by mail, it’s actually quite different. In particular, the fact that we are a centralized elections governing body, “says McKenna, in contrast to US elections, where rules and regulations vary from state to state.
“It’s pretty safe, pretty tight, and has a good number of checks and balances,” he adds.
“These mechanisms enable the detection of all types of double votes …. Follow-up to ensure that the application has a unique identifier associated with the ballot and is not being voted otherwise. There is a special flag to ensure an upcheck. “
To enhance the integrity of US elections, the Heritage Foundation said, “All polling stations are run by politically neutral polling stations or by at least two polling stations representing two major political parties. It should be run jointly. “
In contrast, the Canadian Election Commission has already guaranteed that political parties can appoint people to scrutinize their votes, whether they are polling stations or mail ballots. Even if the parties do not provide such people, the number of votes by law must be confirmed by two independent witnesses.
Professor Aleksander Essex of Western University is an expert on cybersecurity and election tampering vulnerabilities. He told the Epoch Times that Canada’s federal elections would be safer because votes are counted manually rather than by ballot counting. His concern about mail ballots is the inability to secure secret ballots.
“Family, friends, voters. In the United States, we hear this kind of story where people get together to vote …. You can take others to the room with you, and they’re how you are. You can see if you want to vote for, and they can tell you how to vote, “Essex said, adding that” voting purchases, voting sales, voting gifts “are virtually possible. ..
“Think of this process as a chain. If there’s one weak link in the chain, if I’m a bad guy, it’s the chain link that attacks.”
According to a Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) research report, the 2020 US presidential election received 14.7 million mail-voted votes, including nearly 1.5 million in Los Angeles County alone. PILF called this “the biggest blind spot in the American electoral system.” The group also found 1.1 million undeliverable ballots and 560,814 rejected ballots.
Essex said anxiety about whether the vote arrived and reflected the voter’s intentions did not help confidence.
“Step 1 is [Elections Canada] Do you want to vote? And step 2 is whether the vote was recorded or modified, or whether the envelope was steamed open. ” He said. “You need to trust your mail system to not do it on a large scale, right?”
Canadians must request a mail ballot by 6 pm on September 14, and can request it directly or online. McKenna says those who choose the latter can be confident in the process.
“If you apply online, we will send you a small reference number when you apply. [after they mail their vote] They can use it and they can check the status of their votes. … If you want, you can call your local office to ask, ”he said.
“If you really didn’t get the kit, or if the kit was damaged and it was too late to get it back in your mailbox by the election day, you can go to vote on the election day. Explain your situation. And vote in regular polls. “
In 2019, 18.3 million Canadians voted for federal elections, including 4.7 million pre-votes. Voting by mail is not expected to exceed 3 million, which works well with Essex.
“Voting by mail isn’t as bad as voting online, but not as good as voting face-to-face …. I think it’s a problem if most of the elections are done by mail,” he said, again guaranteeing the Canadian system. bottom.
“Of all I know about how every election in the world works, I think the Canadian federal election is one of the most thought and most run. This is one of the only things we can feel good about these days, but we have a really great system. “
Bill C-19, which proposed a temporary change in the way elections take place in a pandemic scenario, died on an order and did not become law.