Someone was busy from October 5 to October 8, as an online poll at the Kingstonist website received suspicious votes.
The Kingstonist asked: “Who will get your vote for councillor in the upcoming election?” This informal poll of candidate support in the municipal election was monitored with IP address logging and cookies. Some of the votes were apparently coming from as far away from Kingston as Germany, Italy, Russia, and Australia.
“The first instance of suspected fraudulent voting occurred on October 5th, when candidates Byron Emmons, Dylan Chenier and Taylor Pearce received a smattering of votes from what we believe to be illegitimate IP addresses. Byron Emmons also received a small number of suspicious votes on October 6th, and then again on October 7th.”
“The glut of the suspect voting occurred on October 8th, when the suspect(s) appear to have cycled through voting in favour of all 5 affected candidates [Byron Emmons, Taylor Pearce, Dylan Chenier, Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett, and Don Amos] between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. During that time, over 100 suspicious votes were distributed among all 5 of the affected candidates over a 3-hour period.”
When someone tries so hard to manipulate an informal poll, voters should really be concerned about how secure any ranked ballot voting would be in Kingston's municipal elections, as the counting and redistribution of votes requires the use of computers.
[An online poll conducted at the Kingstonist website found “at least 127 votes” for Byron Emmons, Taylor Pearce, Dylan Chenier, Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett, and Don Amos were fraudulent. / Un sondage en ligne mené sur le site Web Kingstonist a révélé «au moins 127 votes» pour Byron Emmons, Taylor Pearce, Dylan Chenier, Cheryl-Anne Dorey Bennett et Don Amos étaient frauduleux.]
Voter List Problems
Only three of seventeen student residence buildings are properly identified as multi-unit dwellings on Kingston's Voter List; and, apparently, two residences, (Brant and Leonard halls), are not identified as dwellings. Hundreds, (if not thousands), of students were unable to register via the Internet or by telephone. They will be able to vote if they bring proof of their residence to the polling station at the Queen's Arc Centre at 284 Earl Street on October 22, (voting day).
Many residents had not received their voter registration letters. Numerous complaints were received in Trillium district by candidates campaigning door-to-door. To be added to the Voter List, they must e-mail or deliver an application form to City Hall; or, they must bring proof of their residence and identification to their polling station, (which can be identified at the following webpage), on October 22, (voting day):
Seuls trois des dix-sept bâtiments de résidence pour étudiants sont correctement identifiés en tant que logements à plusieurs unités sur la liste électorale de Kingston; et, apparemment, deux résidences (Halls Brant et Leonard) ne sont pas identifiées comme des logements. Des centaines (sinon des milliers) d'étudiants n'ont pas pu s'inscrire via Internet ou par téléphone. Ils pourront voter s'ils apportent une preuve de leur résidence au bureau de vote du centre Queen's Arc, au 284 Earl Street, le 22 octobre (jour du scrutin).
De nombreux habitants n’avaient pas reçu leur lettre d’inscription. De nombreuses plaintes ont été reçues dans le district de Trillium par des candidats faisant campagne de porte à porte. Pour être ajoutés à la liste électorale, ils doivent envoyer un formulaire de demande par courrier électronique à l'hôtel de ville; ou, ils doivent apporter une preuve de leur résidence et une pièce d’identité à leur bureau de vote (qui peut être identifié sur la page Web suivante), le 22 octobre (jour du scrutin):