Voter Suppression.

That is technically the accurate terminology.

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their right to vote. It is distinguished from political campaigning in that campaigning attempts to change likely voting behavior by changing the opinions of potential voters through persuasion and organization. Voter suppression instead attempts to reduce the number of voters who might vote against the candidate or proposition advocated by the suppressors.

Yes, it is fraud. But voter fraud is different.

Examples of voter fraud would be when someone tries to vote more than once, or under a different name.


It is also different from Electoral fraud...

Electoral fraud can occur at any stage in the democratic process, but most commonly it occurs during election campaigns, voter registration or during vote-counting. The two main types of electoral fraud are (1) preventing eligible voters from casting their vote freely (or from voting at all), and (2) altering the results. A list of threats to voting systems, or electoral fraud methods, is kept by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Voter ID legislation, caging etc. Yes, misdirection is part of Electoral fraud, but just a teeny part of the whole definition.

This RoboCon item, is definitively Voter suppression.

And that is actually even more evil and insidious. Voter fraud is generally done small time, the odds of getting busted are very high.

Voter suppression and electoral fraud can effect thousands. Using technology and toys and underhanded means.

The odds of getting busted are lower.
But, it also takes more organization to accomplish, one needs lists of names and numbers.... This kind of stuff is planned by large shadowy groups.
Like the CPoC. For instance.

But unlike Rick Mercer, I am angry. I think that many in the media see all of this as a game, they follow the play by plays. I read Kady too, but there is an aspect, an aroma, of armchair quarterback in all of this when you read the reporting from the usual suspects.

They think it is like a reality show? Canada's top scumbag?

The political is personal. The personal is political...Everything that happens in that Parliament affects us all. Clean water? Air? Healthcare, education and taxes....
And a government that cannot even show enough respect to the citizens to let a vote happen without jury rigging, needs to wander the wilderness for a few decades.

I am angry. I am disgusted. How about the rest of Canada? Are they so cynical and disheartened that they will allow this one to pass like all the other scandals and attacks on the people of this country?

Stephen Harper is counting on that. 

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Edward R. Murrow



I believe it was a well-planned campaign of voter suppression using at least three tactics from what I can gather (four if you count how fast they shut down on campus voting with that incident in Guelph).

There were the "robo-calls" that trace back to RackNine as the service provider that placed them (itemized in one invoice as a GOTV campaign). There were phone bank centres operated by Responsive Marketing Group where live script impersonating Elections Canada were used. Both companies have ties to the Conservative party.

Not reported on as much are the nuisance calls that were traced back to North Dakota. For example, known LPC voters were called by people pretending to work on a Liberal campaign at all hours of the night.

Altogether it looks pretty well orchestrated and I still stick by it falling under the banner of Electoral Fraud.