BC’s privacy commissioner is blasting changes to the Election Act, that would give political parties information about who actually cast ballots in an election.
With declining voter participation, general voter lists may not be that helpful to political parties.
So it’s no surprise the BC Liberals, NDP, Greens and Conservatives have shown interest in getting a of a list of people who actually vote.
The legislation was tabled by Justice Minister Suzanne Anton in March without much fanfare.
The government says the point is to increase voter accessibility, but Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is not so sure.
In a letter to Anton, Denham says she’s not convinced parties using those lists to do things like target voters and raise funds is in line with the reasons the list were created.
She points out, those uses would be intrusive.