OTTAWA — An advocacy group is urging four provinces to push their fixed election dates back to the end of October.
Democracy Watch says Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island all have election dates fixed in early October, which causes problems for many voters.
The group says the elections should be set back to the last Monday in October or even early November.
It says parents busy getting children settled in school in September have little time to participate in election campaigns or even pay them much attention.
University students are also tied up in September and may have difficulty establishing residency at their school location until later in October, which keeps them from voting.
Duff Conacher, the group’s founding director, says later election dates could help raise voter turnout.
“There is no reason to have an election so early in the fall in these four provinces, as it is very unlikely that severe weather would significantly disrupt a later election date,” he said.
Conacher urged the provinces to recall their legislatures to quickly pass legislation to change the dates.