OTTAWA — A polling station official says she feared contracting COVID-19 on Monday because Elections Canada did not require workers to be fully vaccinated or request proof of medical exemption from masked voters. was not allowed.
Mary Rose Amaral says she wanted to participate in democracy by working at a Toronto polling station, while hoping Election Canada would take more precautions to protect its employees, despite being immune to asthma.
She says some voters didn’t wear masks and claimed medical exemptions, but workers weren’t allowed to ask for evidence to confirm they actually had one.
Arjang Fakhre says he worked from 8:30 a.m. to midnight at a polling station in the Greater Toronto Area, where he screened voters for COVID-19 symptoms and helped organize long lineups outside the location .
He says the two-metre distance rule was effectively forgotten as voters and election workers were too close to each other.
A spokesman for Elections Canada says the agency encouraged voters to wear masks, and where they were required by the province, territory or territory or by the polling station landlord.