City investigating after voter handed ballot with choice for councillor pre-selected
An election official hands back to a voter her marked ballot to place in a ballot box. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Monday, October 27, 2014 7:18PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 27, 2014 10:36PM EDT
The city is investigating an incident in Ward 30 after a voter said she was given a ballot with the incumbent councillor already pre-selected as the choice.
The voter said she was handed a ballot with “Paula Fletcher” marked as the pick for councillor when they arrived at Poll 23 at Roden Junior Public School earlier today.
The voter then asked for a new ballot and was provided one, the boyfriend of the voter, TSN 1050 host Gareth Wheeler, told Newstalk1010.
“This was no small line or casual mistake - the ballot was cast with a full black line making it clear the vote was for Fletcher,” Wheeler said. “How is an already filled out ballot for just one councillor given out to a voter? This should be looked into.”
According to a City of Toronto spokesperson, no similar incidents have been reported in Ward 30 or elsewhere in the city.
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