Fair Elections Act amendments pass

Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre speaks during Question Period in the House...

Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:34 PM ET

OTTAWA - Amendments to the Fair Elections Act were passed Monday night, bringing the bill swiftly to third reading and closer to becoming law, which the government hopes and looks to accomplish before the summer break.

One of the most talked about provisions in the original bill was removing vouching - where a voter with proper identification vouches for the identity of a voter without identification.

In its amended form, the bill allows electors to vote with two pieces of ID and by swearing an oath as to residence, as long as another voter from the same polling division who has ID also takes the written oath.

 


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