Serious errors during Canada’s 2011 federal election can lead courts to overturn some of the election results.
The integrity of Canada ' s electoral process is at " serious risk " due to rampant procedural errors made by polling officials, says a report commissioned by Elections Canada. The report blames overly complex rules and poorly trained polling officers for " serious errors " in 54 per cent of the paperwork filled out during the 2011 federal election for electors who needed to prove their eligibility to vote. The report includes the results of a national audit of the documentation filled out for electors whose names were not on the list of registered voters. The report also includes those who failed to bring the required identification with them to their polling stations. In those cases - - about 15 per cent of electors - - polling officials were required to administer special procedures, such as the swearing of oaths or having someone vouch for the voter ' s identity.
" The audit indicates that the applications of specific legal safeguards, in place to ensure each elector is actually eligible to vote, were seriously deficient in more than 165,000 cases due to systemic errors made by election officials, " the report says.
“Aside from legal concerns, public trust in proper administration of the electoral process is at serious risk if these errors are not addressed," adds the report. More than 12 million Canadians cast ballots on May 2, 2011. The Conservative Party remained in power, increasing their seat count from a minority to a majority government. The Liberal Party won the fewest seats in their history.