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Some Manitoba Voters Should Be Allowed to Vote by Phone: Agency Report

October 15, 2020 7:00 AM | The Canadian Press

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Two-year-old Juniper Martens looks over the voting booth from her baby carrier as her mother Melissa votes and Manitobans head to the polls on election day in Winnipeg, Tuesday, September 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Elections Manitoba says some voters should be allowed to cast their ballot by phone in provincial elections.

The independent agency says voting by phone could be easier for snowbirds and others who are out of the province on election day.

Currently, they are required to apply for absentee ballots by mail.

In its new annual report, Elections Manitoba says some absentee voters do not have a fixed address while travelling or travel in areas where they cannot receive or return their ballots in time.

The report says people with disabilities and military personnel serving overseas could also benefit from the change.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen’s office says he has yet to review the report and cannot comment yet.

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