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People recently diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be able to vote on election day


TORONTO – Thousands of Canadians will not be able to vote in the next federal election due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elections Canada has said.

With the deadline for the mail-in ballot passed at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 by polling day will not be able to vote as the mandatory isolation period extends beyond polling day .

“If anyone has COVID, they should be in quarantine and that would prevent them from showing up at a polling station,” an Elections Canada spokesperson told CTVNews.ca in an email.

According to Elections Canada’s online FAQ, voters should contact their local public health authority if they develop symptoms for next steps, but “after Tuesday, September 14, voters who have or believe they have COVID- 19 and who have not already requested to vote by post will not be able to vote.

According to CTVNews.ca’s COVID-19 tracker, Canada averages about 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, which means up to 20,000 Canadians by Monday will have passed the voting deadline by correspondence and will no longer be able to vote in person.

This is a departure from the United States, which allowed anyone with a COVID-19 orthosis exposed to the virus to vote in person in the November 2020 presidential election. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at the time that in-person voting was safe and a diagnosis of COVID-19 would not prevent Americans from voting, according to CNN.

Elections Canada issued more than 1.2 million mail-in ballots to Canadians who requested them, and an estimated 5.78 million Canadians have already voted in the advance polls that ended earlier this week.

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