Hopefully anyone who needs to see this will see it in time. As I type your polls should still be open no matter where you live, so go vote if you haven’t. Robocalls tell voters to head to the polls a day late
Misleading robocalls reported in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Elections Canada confirms
Elections Canada says it has received reports of misleading robocalls made to voters suggesting voting actually takes place on Tuesday, the day after election day.
“There have been some reports of people receiving misleading robocalls in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” said Elections Canada spokesperson Nathalie de Montigny.
“We have received reports about some electors receiving robocalls indicating that Election Day is on a date other than today. We have no indication these calls are widespread.”
Brad McKnight, who lives in Fredericton, told CBC News he received a misleading robocall just after 10 a.m. Monday from a group that said voting day was “tomorrow.”
“It just said they’re urging me to vote with my conscience and that this is a very important election, and it wasn’t really pushing any political agenda,” said McKnight. “But it caught me off guard at the end because they said, I’m trying to remember the exact wording, but essentially, ‘We urge you to vote tomorrow.'”
He provided CBC News with a screenshot of the time the call was made to his phone. When CBC called the number in the screenshot, it went to a voicemail message for a group that calls itself as Proudly New Brunswick.
Proudly New Brunswick is affiliated with Canada Strong and Proud, a third-party group that opposes carbon taxes.
I actually got a very similar voicemail from Canada Strong and Proud yesterday. You can click here to listen to it. In it I’m told to vote for the party that best matches my values, and I am told to do so tomorrow. Keep in mind that I got this on Sunday, so it’s possible that what’s happening today may not be malicious and could simply be the result of some fool misconfiguring his automatic dialing program. Regardless, it’s confusing and potentially illegal.
So one more time, with feeling! NO matter what the nice man on the phone tells you, election day is right now, Monday, October 21st, 2019. If you haven’t yet, you still have some time left to get out and vote in it. I shall now leave you alone so that you may do so.