I wasn’t sure if I was going to blog about the election.
Because the content sucks.
I watched the debate. Boring, entitled white guy backpedals and blames the other guy. I follow the candidates on Twitter. Broadcast, broadcast, broadcast.
But now the election is coming into my mailbox. You’re on my turf now.
I could write for days about the vacant, forgettable and uninspiring “leaflets” I’m getting from the candidates. They literally go straight to the kitchen table so Sadie can colour on them and then at least they are worth talking about.
But today, dear readers, I’m writing to tell you about the voter information card to save you the agony I experienced today. I received the Elections Canada mail saying “Have you received your voter information card from Elections Canada?” It looks like the voter card, which I’ve received for years now, but it actually is not a voter card. It is a reminder that if you don’t have your voter card you should contact Elections Canada. It has a large image OF the voter card on it, but instead of saying Jennifer Mary Love (no, Danger is not my middle name) it says YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS. Huh?
So, being me, I go online. Find the number of my local elections office and call. It’s a 1-800 number, which puzzles me, since I’m pretty sure I’m calling someone in my community. Nevertheless, I get through.
After some voice-activated prompting and button pushing, I get through to a guy. I describe the confusing and weird mail in my hands. I explain that I am on the voters list, at this address, so I want to make sure I can exercise my democratic rights on May 2. He says, yes, I am on the voter’s list, and that my voter card will come to me, but that “it seems” they mixed up the order of the voter cards and the “have you received your voter cards” and I should be receiving my voter card next week. Helpfully, if it doesn’t arrive, he reminds me, I can just call back.
Imagine sending out the reminder before the appeal? Or the tax receipt before the gift? It boggles my mind to think of how many monkeys fell asleep on their desks for this to happen.
If only there was something I could do to change the way I feel about my government. All I need is my voter card.