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Elections chief says voting will be safe despite lack of mandatory vaccine rule for poll workers

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Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault is assuring Canadians that voting in the federal election will be safe despite Elections Canada’s decision to not require the more than 250,000 polling officers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“These are the same Canadians that you meet every day at the grocery store. The difference is that the polls are a controlled environment where safety measures can be applied more rigorously,” he said at a press briefing in Ottawa today.

“If you look back at the last 18 months, we’ve had elections in Canada provincially and we’ve had territorial elections. There have been elections around the world. And there has not been outbreaks of COVID-19 as a result of in-person voting

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