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(LifeSiteNews) – Despite there being no rule saying an individual must be jabbed to vote, an Alberta man says he was turned away from casting an early vote for municipal elections at a polling station inside a college because he didn’t have the COVID jabs.
“It’s going to be a big problem on election night because eight of the 13 polling stations in our ward are in schools,” Phil Garber wrote in an email to his local MLA complaining about his voting experience, according to a recent Western Standard report.
Garber noted that last Wednesday he was told by people at his local polling station located at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) that because he was not jabbed he could not cast an advance vote for Alberta’s October 18 municipal elections.
Garber said in his email, as reported by the Western Standard, that the voting restriction was not “disclosed on any of the election materials we received, nor has it been publicized.”
He wrote that the “bigger issue” is whether places that have agreed to be polling stations “should not be required to follow the election rules — which I assume forbid restricting access to any voter.”
“My question for Alberta Education,” Garber wrote, is whether this “is (a) a deliberate policy to disenfranchise Albertans or (b) the unintended consequence of an overly sweeping policy.”
Nearly all municipalities in Alberta will hold local elections on October 18 for mayor, councillors, and school trustees. It is up to each municipality to coordinate their local polling stations, many of which will be in schools and universities/colleges.
Despite Elections Alberta not being involved in setting up the local polling stations, one of their spokespersons told LifeSiteNews that Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidance for local electors does not include a mandate that one must be “to be vaccinated” to vote.
“This guidance does not include any requirement for electors to be vaccinated to enter a polling place,” Pamela Renwick from Elections Alberta told LifeSiteNews.
“I would encourage the elector to reach out to their local returning officer to raise the concern.”
Renwick told LifeSiteNews that those who have concerns about their local voting station can contact their local Returning Officers with the help of the Elections Alberta website search function. This can be found here.
AHS’s COVID election guidance states that masking rules in effect in Alberta should be followed and that voters should check for symptoms of COVID before going to vote in person. Distancing rules will also be in place.
On October 18, Albertans will also be voting for senators, even though the federal government will ignore the results and select their own.
There are also two important questions being put to voters via referendum.
The first question is whether Alberta should continue to participate in equalization payments to other provinces. The second question in whether Alberta should keep or scrap daylight savings time.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney introduced a vaccine passport system on September 20 that businesses can choose to opt into. If a business opts out, they must either close to in-person service (restaurants) or reduce capacity limits.
Many post-secondary schools and colleges, including SAIT, have opted into the vaccine passport program, which mandates that anyone on campus must be jabbed or produce a negative test twice a week.
Under leftist Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the City of Calgary went beyond the provincial rules in passing its own vaccine passport bylaw on September 22.
As for Elections Calgary, its website states nothing about electors needing to be having jabbed for COVID to be able to vote.
The Alberta government under Kenney has made it a point to go after those who choose not to get the experimental injections.
AHS announced that all staff and contractors must be fully vaccinated by October 31. This mandate will affect thousands of nurses and other healthcare workers, who risk losing their jobs in two weeks’ time.
Also, Alberta’s two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, have mandated the jabs for all city workers.
Despite the jab mandates, many have banded together to speak out against them, including doctors.
Dr. Daniel Nagase said it “shocked” him at how his COVID patients were being treated in an Alberta hospital.
His recent personal testimony documented how he was removed from hospital duty in a small Alberta town because he used ivermectin to treat three patients with severe COVID-19, two of whom responded well to the drug.
The COVID-19 injections approved for emergency use in Canada, including the Pfizer jab for ages 12 and up, all have connections to cells derived from aborted babies.
All four have also been associated with severe side effects such as blood clots, rashes, miscarriages, and even heart attacks in young, healthy men.
As is now widely known, people who have taken the experimental COVID-19 jabs can still contract and spread the disease. COVID vaccine trials have never produced evidence that vaccines stop infection or transmission. They do not even claim to reduce hospitalization, but the measurement of success is in preventing severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Dr. Peter McCullough, M.D, an eminent internist and cardiologist from the United States, recently affirmed that against COVID-19, “[For] people under 50 who fundamentally have no health risks, there’s no scientific rationale for them to ever become vaccinated.”
He also said that those who develop COVID have “complete and durable immunity. And (that’s) a very important principle: complete and durable. You can’t beat natural immunity.”
Additionally, some experts have said it is less dangerous for kids to have COVID than the regular flu.