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

Samantha Beattie

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.  

A woman votes at a polling station in Toronto for the federal election, 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.