The Harper Conservatives are trying to rush their 242-page election law through Parliament with minimal debate and no expert testimony, despite major flaws that would have lasting consequences for our democracy. I don't usually share things like this, but voter participation is a bit of a bugbear of mine. I haven't read the entire act, but I did confirm the increased voter ID requirements. While they're not insane, they will make it harder for some people to vote, which means they'll probably do more harm than good, since (as the petition points out) evidence suggests that voter fraud by individuals is a fantasy. Voter turnout in the last federal election was barely over 61%. It's hard enough getting people out to vote at all. We don't need to be taking any steps to reduce voting further, especially over something that isn't a real issue.
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