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1st Session, 40th Legislature

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Bill 220

THE VOTER IDENTIFICATION ACT (ELECTIONS ACT AMENDED)


Explanatory Note Bilingual Version (PDF)

(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. E30 amended

1           The Elections Act is amended by this Act.

2           Section 2 is replaced with the following:

Establishing identity

2           A person who is required to establish his or her identity under this Act may do so by providing

(a) one piece of identification issued by a federal, provincial or municipal government, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the person and his or her name and address; or

(b) two pieces of identification authorized by the chief electoral officer each of which establishes the person's name and at least one of which establishes the person's address.

3           The following is added after section 2 and before the centred heading "DOCUMENTS AND OATHS":

Notice re authorized identification

2.1         The chief electoral officer must publish each year, and within three days after a writ is issued, a notice setting out the types of identification that are authorized for the purpose of clause 2(b). The first annual notice must be published within six months after this section comes into force.

4           Subsection 115(3) is replaced with the following:

Applying to add name to voters list

115(3)      A person who is not on the official voters list and does not have the identification required under section 2 may apply to have his or her name added by taking an oath in the prescribed form if he or she is accompanied by a voter whose name does appear on the official voters list for the same electoral division and who

(a) provides the voting officer or registration officer with the piece or pieces of identification required by section 2; and

(b) vouches for him or her on oath in the prescribed form.

Proof of residence

115(3.1)    If the address contained in the piece or pieces of identification provided under section 2 or clause (3)(a) does not establish the voter's residence but is consistent with information related to the voter that appears on the official voters list, the voter's residence is considered to have been established.

Request to take an oath

115(3.2)    Despite subsection (3.1), a voting officer, registration officer, candidate or scrutineer who has reasonable doubts concerning the residence of a voter referred to in that subsection may request that the voter take an oath in the prescribed form, in which case his or her residence is deemed to have been established only if he or she takes that oath.

Prohibition — vouching for more than one person

115(3.3)    A voter must not vouch for more than one person at an election.

Prohibition — person vouched for not to vouch for another

115(3.4)    A person who has been vouched for at an election may not vouch for another person at that election.

5           Subsection 115(4) is replaced with the following:

Addition to voters list

115(4)      If the voting officer or registration officer is satisfied that a voter's identity and residence have been established in accordance with section 2 or subsection (3), the voting officer must add the person's name to the official voters list.

Coming into force

6           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends the requirements in The Elections Act for establishing a voter's identity and adding names to the voters list.