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Canada Robocalls Told Voters To Head To Polls On Wrong Day: Elections Canada

02:50  22 october  2019
02:50  22 october  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.ca

Montrealers flock to advance polls to cast their ballots

  Montrealers flock to advance polls to cast their ballots Montrealers flocked to the polls to cast their ballot during advance polling over the holiday weekend. "It was just incredible," said Claude Landry, the Elections Canada returning officer for the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount. "First day we had 3,000 electors, the next two days we had close to 3,000 each day, so that's quite busy."According to Elections Canada, more people are showing up to vote in advance not only in Montreal but across the country.In the first two days of advance voting, two million Canadians cast votes - a 25 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2015 when 1.

The calls directed voters to the wrong polling stations.[17] The fraudulent automated calls displayed the phone A transcript of the false Robocall in Guelph, used during Election Day to impersonate an Elections Canada official, reads: "This is an automated message from Elections Canada .

Robocalls tell voters to head to the polls a day late. She was told there was no ballot box to correspond with her voter card, nor anyone to take her vote . An Elections Canada spokesperson confirmed there were "some glitches" but did not comment on reasons for the delays.

a man holding a cup: A woman votes at a polling station in Toronto for the federal election, Oct. 21, 2019. © Provided by Oath Inc. A woman votes at a polling station in Toronto for the federal election, Oct. 21, 2019.

Some Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick voters have received robocalls incorrectly saying they can cast a ballot on days other than election day.

Elections Canada confirmed reports of calls to HuffPost Canada, but also said that there is no indication they are widespread. It stressed that Monday is the last day to vote in the federal election, not Tuesday as at least one call appeared to suggest.

“It is illegal to willfully misdirect electors in order to prevent them from voting,” said Elections Canada in statement Monday.

Everything you need to know before you head to the polls

  Everything you need to know before you head to the polls As Canadians head to the polls to determine the country’s next leader, here is what you need to know on election day … When do I vote? Polls across Saskatchewan are open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. As long as you are in line before polls close, you are allowed to cast your ballot. Where do I vote? You are assigned to vote at the polling station geographically closest to you. Your polling station is listed on your voter registration card. It can also be found online by entering your postal code in the voter information service box at www.elections.ca. You can only vote at your designated polling station. An Elections Canada sign directing voters to a voting location.

People must vote at their designated polling station, said Diane Benson with Elections Canada . Anywhere between 600 to 800 people are hired in each riding to work at both advanced polling locations and polls on Election Day , she Robocalls tell voters to head to the polls a day late.

Canadians are heading to the polls to vote in a general election , with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals hoping to hold on to their majority. But that outcome appears unlikely as polls suggest the result of the vote is headed towards a hung parliament.

a clock on the side of a building: Signs direct Canadian voters to a Montreal polling station, Oct. 21, 2019. © Provided by Oath Inc. Signs direct Canadian voters to a Montreal polling station, Oct. 21, 2019.

It advised anyone who receives a robocall to contact Elections Canada as soon as possible at 1-800-463-6868.

Liberal candidate Greg Fergus, in riding Hull-Aylmer, Que., posted on Facebook Sunday that some residents had reported receiving robocalls that gave them incorrect information about voting.

“Please note that Elections Canada does not send out robocalls,” the post said.

Fredericton, N.B. resident, Brad McKnight, received a robocall on Monday that said voting day was Tuesday, according to CBC News. The number was traced to Proudly New Brunswick, an anti-carbon-tax, pro-Conservative group.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost Canada.

'Human error' blamed for long delay reporting results in Ontario riding .
OTTAWA — Elections Canada is blaming "human error" for having left federal candidates in one southern Ontario riding waiting the better part of a day to find out who garnered the most votes in Monday's election. Preliminary results from Monday night's vote showed Liberal candidate Tim Louis leading Conservative incumbent Harold Albrecht by fewer than 300 votes with all but five polls having reported in. Yet by Tuesday morning, those five polls still hadn't been reported, leaving the race in limbo.

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