Elections BC has consistently told us that there is only ONE HST ballot per voter in British Columbia. As of Friday, July 22, 2011, it was the last day that a spoiled or torn ballot could be replaced by Elections BC.
In a BC Liberal Government Caucus Youtube production at the 1:50 mark, MLA Don McRae is recorded on camera marking his ballot with an X on the NO box.
If the HST vote had been taken at Voting Booths, the cameras would be barred, so too any of your family members to pressure you one way or the other. It would be by a SECRET ballot.
Mr. McRae, a secret ballot is there for a reason. Would you vote YES if the cameras weren't rolling and the production BC Liberal Team weren't telling you how to vote?
Here's MLA Ida Chong's Youtube debut on the HST Secret Ballot, at the 13 second mark via her BC Liberal Caucus film. Ms. Chong has voted NO. No Secrecy here.
Voting to be by Secret Ballot
must not do any of the following:
(a) interfere with an individual who is marking a ballot;(b) attempt to discover how an individual voted;(c) communicate information regarding how another individual voted or marked a ballot;(d) induce an individual, directly or indirectly, to show the ballot in a way that reveals how the individual voted.
Can I take someone into the voting booth to help me?
Yes. If you need assistance an election official may assist you to vote. If you are caring for someone (e.g. a child or elderly relative) at the time you cast your ballot, the presiding election official may allow you to have that person in the booth with you.
Anyone providing assistance to another elector is required to sign a solemn declaration before providing any assistance. Speak to the presiding election official at the voting place for further information.
Has the film crews that produced these Youtubes, signed solemn Notarized declarations before providing any assistance to the MLAs, and then turned the declarations over to an Elections BC official?
After Reading Sean Holman's article in the Globe and Mail, and then reading his email alert on the same subject, I clicked on his link to the the information below. I liked what he had, from the government, that I then took just one Contract number, C11HST23795, and copied it into Google and found this Beta image file from the Globe and Mail.