This is the problem with the mail out vote – anyone not interested in democrazy allows those who are – to control it.
Democrazy, not democracy. We had a 804 to 804 mayoral vote tied in Peachland, BC decided by a name draw. If voters knew this was the outcome of an actual voter tie and lock – random chance – then my suggestion is the vote would not have been a tie.
This is almost what is going on with the PR confusion. I don’t mean the questions posed within the envelope.
When you are mailed your PR ballot, it asks for your signature, and birthdate. And address change – should you have one for them. However, the ballot and mail in envelopes are easy to follow, and hard to screw up from a filling-out point of view.
The perception on what must be filled out is another matter – to go PR or not PR is the question.
But the votes either way, are not tied to the people sending them in. They are put in a separate envelope, apart from your voter statistics proving you are a voter, or who you say you are.
My submission is that Elections BC will not be monitoring this. My submission is that their identification of voters as the current system – that is the people they mail the ballots out to; are indeed the right people.
But each and every community mailbox, and apartment box areas, are filled with these unopened and discarded voter ballots.
It is my submission that a single person could find as many of these as they can, and fill them in for whatever vote they like.
I will be willing to wager Elections BC will not be checking the votes nor ensuring names and birthdates are filled in correctly.
If there was only a way to find this out – or prove it. I’ll get back to you.
Until next time.