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Despite point of order, Essex council moves ahead with tightened proxy vote measures

May 4, 2021 – With Essex, Ont., council supporting a new set of rules that would see tightened voting measures for those authorizing others to cast their vote in the town’s upcoming elections, concerns are being raised it could negatively affect voter turnout in future elections.

One councillor even raised a point of order during a discussion over why such measures were needed in the first place — after Mayor Larry Snively told Coun. Sherry Bondy “you better watch what you’re saying.”

Bondy was among the first voices calling for tighter rules after fraud charges were laid against Snively alleging voter fraud in the 2018 municipal election — charges that have not been proven in court. Snively’s next court date is May 28. CBC News reports. | READ MORE