Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Tweet (tim anderson):

"#Uyghur concentration camp in #China? Nope. #Washington run US-Mexico border detention camp." 

Tweet (Donald Trump Jr.):
"Let me get this straight... some Democrats want American citizens to have a Vaccine Passport to travel freely within the United States but not an ID to vote?!?   

You'll need an official vaccine passport with your name on it to get into the place with the voting booths, but then you can hide the document and vote under whatever random name you choose. Then do it again!

From Elections Canada, which runs federal elections ('stakeholder engagement sessions' is so Canadian):
"The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) confirms every citizen's right to vote. While this democratic right is guaranteed to all electors it is subject to reasonable limits.

The requirements to prove identity and residence were adopted by Parliament in 2007 to prevent real and perceived voter fraud and to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the electoral process.

The law was challenged in 2009 in Henry v. Canada (Attorney General) 1 it was argued that the identification provisions infringed on the right to vote guaranteed under section 3 of the Charter.

In 2010 the British Columbia Supreme Court (the Court) found that the requirements are a facial breach on the right to vote and are inconsistent with section 3 of the Charter.

However, they are a reasonable limit on Canadians' electoral rights. Citing the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court's analysis noted that "effective representation contemplates more than the right to have and to vote for a representative in Parliament or the legislative assembly; it also implies the right of each citizen to play a meaningful role in the electoral process" (para.133). Proving identity and residence, therefore, is a procedural requirement that gives expression to the right to vote and to representative government.

The Court was also clear that such procedures should not interfere with the right to vote and that no group of electors should be disproportionately burdened by them. The Court cited evidence regarding segments of society who may face difficulties proving their identity and residence, including seniors or persons living in a long-term care facility (para. 455) and persons who are homeless (para. 458–459).

Since 2008, post-election survey results indicate that the vast majority of electors have no difficulty in proving identity and residence; but some segments of the population including youth and Indigenous electors may be more likely to have difficulty in providing address.

These concerns have been echoed in various ways. During stakeholder engagement sessions Elections Canada learned that certain persons including electors who are homeless, seniors, long-term care facility residents and students may face challenges in proving their residential address. 2  An administrative review following the 2015 general election also showed that some electors on First Nations reserves were unable to vote because they lacked proof of identity and residence, and pointed to issues with registration stemming from non-standard address types. 3

Elections Canada has also learned, anecdotally and through stakeholders, about the challenges faced by other groups of electors in meeting the identification requirements. These include transgender electors who may not have identification documents that match their new identity; electors who share a residence, do not have their current address on their identification, and do not have other accepted documents, such as utility bills, in their name; or the approximately eleven percent of all registered electors who move every year 4  and may not have documents that contain their new address.

The Court noted that the Charter "creates a positive obligation on the state to put in place appropriate arrangements for the effective exercise of the right to vote" (para. 140). It also affirmed the CEO's responsibility to expand and/or modify the authorized pieces of identification as a means to increase accessibility, while continuing to balance concerns surrounding integrity.

In summary, the identification requirements have been upheld by the courts, recognizing that they should not be a barrier to voters. As such, Elections Canada, in implementing the requirements, strives to ensure a balance between accessibility, integrity of the vote and efficient administration of the requirements."
Tweet (Joe Dan Gorman - Intellectual Froglegs):
"Facebook just deleted a post from last fall on the 
grounds I was engaged in “Adult Sexual Exploitation”."
Tweet (Hans Mahncke):
""Creating PPPs–a subset of GOF [gain-of-function] experiments involving creation of novel, virulent, transmissible viruses...entails a unique risk that a laboratory accident could spark a pandemic killing millions."  
@mlipsitch wrote this 6 years ago."
This is interesting: tweet (Stella Moris #DropTheCharges):
"After a hard night, Julian woke up this morning to a kind, personal message from Pope Francis @pontifex delivered to his cell door by the prison priest. 
Our family wishes to express our gratitude to the many Catholics and other Christians campaigning for his freedom. #Assange"
"Matt Taibbi Challenges Joe Scarborough: "Invite Me To Debate Your Network's Putrid Russiagate Coverage"".

"Israel election: The Far-right is Triumphant: The Only Obstacle Left is Netanyahu" (Cook).

"Mumia update: The new Krasner brief".  'Reformers' always end up back working for the police unions.
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