i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

to vote in montreal's municipal election tomorrow, you need to be registered. this is normal -- every other election i have voted in has had the same requirement -- except that most make registration easy.

not in montreal.

if you voted in the last election, and still live at the same address, then you are registered. all registered voters should have received a piece of mail, instructing them how to vote. they don't need to take any further action.

i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

if you have recently moved, or this is your first time living in montreal, then you didn't get the mail. you didn't get anything, and you are somehow expected to know that you need to get your name and address on the list *3 weeks in advance* in order to vote.

yeah, we needed to appear in person between 12 and 18 october. after the 18th, it's just too late. you don't get to vote.

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i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

for comparison: to register to vote in the federal election can be done online, or in person, any time, including *at the polling station on election day*.

i cannot be the only person who decided to investigate the election earlier this week, to be told that i missed the registration cut-off by two weeks.

i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

by the way, i ask myself: who moves often? students and lower-income people. who doesn't: wealthier home-owners.

this system looks entirely designed to disenfranchise certain demographics.

could this explain why voter turnout is like 40% ?

i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

@danso In all Alberta municipalities you can register right up to voting day as well, including at the polling place, and in many cases voter turnout is still dismal. That said when there is an open race (nobody running for re-election) turnout is much higher.

But Montreal's registration requirements are almost American style and would certainly suppress voter turnout. It can easily be argued they have the most corrupt municipal government of any major city in Canada and that can't be a coincidence.

i am disappointed by my city today, a thread 

@msh @danso as an American, that does sound like an American way to register for voting.

None of the states I’ve lived in have allowed same day voter registration afaik and heaven forbid you try to do anything through the government website.

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