Headache for out-of-country students to vote

CJAD is hearing more reports of students having a hard time registering to vote. This time it's from Concordia exchange students in Australia.

Emilie Hanskamp is studying in Melbourne for the next eight months. She says she completed the documents to vote abroad weeks ago but only received the ballots after her mom received a visit at home by two women who wanted to confirm that Emilie was on exchange.

She says six other students have still not received their ballots and are having a hard time getting answers from the election office.

One received a letter saying she could not vote while out of the country. She is born and raised in Montreal.

She says she’s worried the hurdles will discourage youth from voting.

“A lot of people would probably just say I tried, I did my best and they’re going to make it difficult so I’m just not going to vote. Don’t make it so difficult, provide explanations, provide resources, what’s going on here,” Hanskamp told CJAD.

Hanskamp said her francophone roommate was able to vote without a problem.

“She got her ballot, she sent it back, it’s registered, she’s all good, so it was a weird comparison because we filed around the same time."

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