Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Voter concerned about mail-in ballots

Voter concerned about mail-in ballots:

THEBACHA/FORT SMITH - With today's byelection and a pending election for chief and three band councillors, concerns have been raised about the Salt River First Nation's mail-in voting procedures.

"I am just concerned about the confidentiality, when you mail in your envelope," said Cindy Sabourin, a Fort Providence resident and member of the Salt River First Nation.

She said when she sends the ballot away to the electoral officer, it is sealed in a brown envelope within a larger envelope, adorned with her return address.

Sabourin is concerned that when the ballot arrives in Fort Smith, someone could write down her name and who she voted for, or her ballot may not be counted.

"I feel it should be totally anonymous," she said.

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