Victoria election rule changes contemplated

Come November’s municipal’s election, voters likely won’t be able to wander into any old polling site as they’re used to doing.

Victoria council gave first nod to changes requiring voters to mark their ballot at a designated site, like they do during provincial or federal elections.

“Voting divisions assist in the resourcing of voting places, reduce voting line-ups and deter potential voting  offences,” said Don Schaffer, manager of legislative services.

Also contemplated are changes that will make campaign financing disclosure statements more accessible to public scrutiny. In past elections, these documents were only available for viewing at City Hall. If formally passed by city council, the information will also be posted to the web.

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