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Vancouver city council opposes federal Fair Elections Act

Sweeping changes to how Canadians vote through the so-called Fair Elections Act were unanimously condemned by Vancouver city council on Tuesday.

Council will voice their opposition to federal Bill C-23, which is before Parliamentary Committee, with letters to local MPs, the minister for democratic reform and the Prime Minister.

Among other things, the bill would remove the right to vote without identification through vouching, a change that could disenfranchise 120,000 voters.

That would be a further blow to people who are homeless in Vancouver, Coun. Heather Deal said. She told the story of two men who live without fixed addresses in her community that took pride in being able to vote because neighbours vouched for them.

The bill has been condemned by editorials in all major newspapers, regardless of their political leanings.

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