Conservatives make changes to election bill

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

OTTAWA — Voters will still need to show ID at the polls in the next federal election, but the Conservatives have compromised on other elements of their controversial election legislation.

Canadian academics, election experts and opposition politicians have been very critical of the Fair Elections Act because, among other reforms, it banned vouching during federal elections.

The practice allows voters with proper ID to vouch for the identity of other voters who don't possess the proper papers.

Critics say banning vouching would disenfranchise tens of thousands of people who don't have proper ID.

The Conservatives claim vouching is open to voter fraud.

On Friday, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre said that as a compromise, he'll amend the act to let voters without ID that shows their address to sign an oath of residence. Another voter with proper ID will have to co-sign.


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