mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

i understand that we're still in a pandemic, and that a significant minority of the population is still unvaccinated, and that vaccines do not provide total protection from covid anyway.

so maybe mail-in voting is a trade-off that we need to make to stay safe.

but let me just complain about it a bit because nobody seems to understand that it is fundamentally irredeemably undemocratic

mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

if you go to a polling station to vote, then it is you and only you behind the curtain with only a pencil and ballot. voting is totally anonymous.

but if you open your mail and you receive your ballot, you could write it and mail it in in the presence of another person.

this person could be anybody -- your spouse, parent, employer, landleech, etc.

anybody who doesn't see the problem with this has obviously never been in an abusive relationship.

mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

and it's not a solution to say "go vote on election day then". merely having the option to take a mail-in ballot disempowers vulnerable people, who can be threatened or bribed to apply for a mail-in ballot, then mark it and send it under the supervision of their oppressor.

that's if they even get to see the ballot at all. an abuser might just open your mail, cast your vote, sign it, and send it without you ever seeing it.

mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

yes, that is obviously illegal, but so are all forms of domestic violence, and that still happens. we are talking about a demographic that is powerless for a huge variety of complex reasons.

besides, how would you prove that somebody else mailed your vote if the signature "looks like" yours?

mail-in voting #cdnpoli 

to protect these people, these votes, mail-in ballots must not even be an option.

*maybe* it's justified to compromise the anonymity of votes considering the safety concerns *right now*, but...

normalizing postal voting is going to be a terrible consequence for victims of domestic abuse.

online voting #cdnpoli 

obviously online voting has all these same problems but turned up to 11

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online voting #cdnpoli 

i chose a wording in one of these posts which i regret.

i said that if the problems with another person being present while you vote were not immediately clear to you, then you "obviously [had] never been in an abusive relationship".

abusive relationships can take many forms. it was not my intention to delegitimize anyone's lived experience.


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