Canada tweaks electoral system to allow expats to vote

The legislation's proposed reforms include increased voter identification options such as allowing one voter to vouch for another who does not have proper identification, after 173,000 people did not vote in 2015 due to a lack of IDCanada’s Liberal government introduced a bill Thursday to increase voter eligibility, including rolling back a measure that excluded more than one million expatriates from voting in 2015. The measures do not, however, go as far as the Liberals pledged during the last campaign to revamp the way Canadians vote, by dropping the current first-past-the-post system in favor of a more representational model. Monsef said she hopes to introduce that legislation in the first half of 2017, while renewing her opposition to holding a referendum.

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