Elections Canada asks parents for more proof of child’s election activity

Elections Canada is asking parents to provide more information about the election event that their child attended in April – and the circumstances of it.

The agency is asking for proof of attendance for 1.7 million children in Ontario. “We are asking for your help in that regard,” said spokeswoman Ashley Lemire in an email.

Elections Canada previously said the identity of voters must be protected. Yet the privacy commissioner in March said that did not apply to parents, as long as they are protected from “identity theft.”

Ms. Lemire said parents are asked to present registration forms and photo ID such as a driver’s licence or ID card with their child’s name and picture.

Among other things, parents need to prove they are living in the Ontario household they claim to be living in, she said. If they have a challenge to their identity, Elections Canada staff will be able to help them resolve the issue.

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