CALGARY- Millions of votes poured in on election day, but at least two Calgary families say some were left out.
Wendy Merriam’s mother was admitted to the emergency department at the Peter Lougheed hospital, just as advance polls opened. By the time she was well enough to vote, the polls were closed.
“For people who say it’s just one vote, I don’t buy that. One vote turns into 100,” said Merriam.
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She said her mother, who is in her 90s, has never missed an opportunity to vote. She said she didn’t understand why there wasn’t a single voting station at the hospital.
“She may be elderly, but she still feels every single vote counts,” said Merriam. “She’s instilled it in us, and we’ve instilled it in our kids.”
Elections Canada said mobile polling stations are not available at hospitals after advance polling. It’s part of government legislation, and there are no exceptions.
Merriam’s mother’s vote wasn’t the only one that didn’t make it to the ballot box.
TJ Jamerson visited an Elections Canada Office to request a mail-in ballot for his mother, who is living with a disability. He dropped off the application, but the ballot never came.
“She’s very upset about it,” said Jamerson. “She’s aggravated by it as a disabled lady. Why is this going on to this day?”
The office records show the mail-in ballot was sent out, but Elections Canada couldn’t explain why it didn’t arrive. Officials said voters can notify them to investigate.
Elections Canada offers voting at home for people living with disabilities, but Jamerson says mishaps like the one his mother experienced will only fuel voter apathy.