When is a voter NOT a voter?
Well, it looks like we'd better stop sniggering about our neighbours to the south having trouble with their voting system. It turns out the voters' list for the City of Toronto could have thousands of people on it who are not Canadian citizens and should not be able to vote.
The City is now trying to verify the citizenship of some 277,000 people!
This close to the municipal election in November, it's posing a potentially big problem. If people don't get verified in time, they will be challenged at the polls and have to sign an oath that they really are citizens and have voting rights. That's going to take extra time and could create congestion at the polling booths, not to mention opening the door to anyone willing to sign a false oath.
It also means that an unknown number of invalid votes have been counted in the past. Makes you wonder about anyone elected in this city by a narrow margin - could invalid votes have changed any election outcomes? I doubt we'll ever know ...