Voters in ridings across Canada have reported receiving automated and non-automated calls, purportedly from the Conservatives, that gave out erroneous information.
Some of the calls told voters their polling stations had changed, while others allegedly impersonated Liberal candidates and deliberately called at inconvenient times.
NDP Pat Martin said on Sunday he knew of 34 riding that received calls advising people that their voting station had changed. He said he expected the number to grow.
Under the Elections Act, it is illegal to tell voters to go to a wrong or non-existent polling station. Another woman from Thunder Bay, who also worked for the call centre during the election campaign, said she called voters who were expecting a ride to pick them up and take them to a polling station.
Many of those rides never showed up, she said.
“Part of our script was to see if they needed a ride arranged,” said the woman, who also asked not to be named.
The woman said her script directed her to say she was calling on behalf of the Conservatives.
Upon discovering the information they were giving out was false, the two women and other employees started telling the people they called to confirm their voting station location directly with Elections Canada.
“I just remember coming home and feeling frustrated,” the first woman told the National Post. “It’s a very hard place to work. Any call centre is a hard place to work. They say ‘hang your soul at the door.’”
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