Oct 17 2015
CANADA: Now that Muslims are allowed to vote wearing Islamic facemasks, Canadians are protesting by voting with their faces covered, too
GOT YOUR MASK? In Quebec, more than 10,000 people have committed to voting with their faces covered.
EXERCISE your DEMOCRATIC RIGHT to VOTE with your FACE COVERED. ENCOURAGE our EVENT by CLICKING JOIN:
(h/t Susan K) Catherine Leclerc set up a Facebook page LE 19 OCTOBRE JE VOTE VOILÉE! and response has been overwhelming. Thousands of Quebecois voted with their faces covered during the four days of advance polling.
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It is totally legal and permissible to vote with your face covered. You can wear a niqab, a burqa, a Halloween mask, or any other face covering at your leisure, even a bag from potatoes. All you need is two pieces of ID, and a solemn declaration as to your identity.
We consider it an aberration that people can vote in Canada without having to reveal their faces at any point in time, so we are encouraging everyone to go out and vote with their faces covered, in protest, because this law really must be changed.
Canadian Election Law does not require you to show your face when voting. You can refuse to remove your face mask and refuse to show a photo I.D. All you need is your voter’s card and two pieces of I.D. such as a credit card, utility bill… of which at least one has your current address.
There is even a Quebec radio contest for the best face covering during this election.
Ottawa Sun Launched on Facebook by a Quebec woman, the movement suggests people have the right to vote while wearing anything at all, whether it’s a potato sack, a Darth Vader mask or a black veil.
The page’s creator, Catherine LeClerc said she started the page on her own in her living room after growing frustrated with the government’s inability to ban religious garb, such as the niqab, while taking oaths of citizenship or while voting.
But she denied it being against Muslims and said it’s more about transparency. “It’s not against a religious group,” said Leclerc, adding that the movement she started is merely pushing for secularism in democratic processes.
The page links to an Elections Canada webpage that indicates people can refuse to take their masks off and still vote.
From Elections Canada: “If the elector does not wish to remove their face covering, the deputy returning officer will advise the elector that they must provide two pieces of authorized identification, one proving their identity and the other proving their identity and address, and then take an oath attesting to their eligibility to vote.
If the elector agrees to provide the identification and take the oath, the election official will follow regular voting procedures.”
According to Leclerc, people are already claiming they were intercepted by Elections Canada during the advanced polls and told to leave and that they couldn’t vote while clad in some kind of face covering.
Elections Canada could not be reached to confirm any of these instances.
You can also add your own photo of yourself voting this Monday with your face covered. Your I.D. will not be shown.
Here, a LADY explains how easy it is to vote with your face covered:
“This is a very sarcastic movement. We want to prove the ridiculousness of the law by voting with the face covered…It doesn’t make sense that in a country like Canada we authorize citizens to vote with the covered face and what we want to demonstrate is that it’s not common sense,” she said.
The Facebook page is only in French and most of the attention online is from Quebecers.
The aim of the group, said Leclerc, is to attract the attention of newly-elected politicians this fall.
“We just want the elected people to pass a law that’s going to say that we’re not allowed to vote with covered faces anymore,” said Leclerc.
She said a group of like-minded volunteers are adamantly policing the page to remove instances of bigotry or racism.
For those who want to make their own Islamic headgear, there is a tutorial on the Facebook page: