B.C. High Court Hears Case Against Voter ID Laws

The B.C. Court of Appeal is going to hear a case today where federal voting laws, which require voters to provide proper identification and proof of residence, have  been challenged. The 2007 law of clearly mentions that any voter without the necessary ID shall at least have another voter, provided who has proper identification and is registered in the same polling division, guarantee their residence before entering vote.

The law was again maintained in case of B.C. Supreme Court ruling in May 2010, when the judge declared that even though this law is conflicting with the electoral rights defined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it still comprises of reasonable limit on those rights and is justifiable. The case was brought in court by three B.C. residents and formally archived as Henry versus Canada. Two of the complainer’s in the case had been homeless in the past, while the third was an elderly woman who alleged that she only presented voter information card mailed to her by Elections Canada at a polling station during voting of the 2008 federal election.

In addition to that, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association will be intervening in the case arguing on behalf of the plaintiffs challenging the law. BCCLA stated in a press release on Sunday, that “these voter ID laws may deny some of the most vulnerable in our society from making their mark at the polls on election day, such as homeless and transient persons with no fixed address, senior citizens, new citizens, and citizens living in rural and remote communities.”

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