Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to sidebar news canada More Elections Canada asking improper questions at poll: voter Jason Warick, The StarPhoenixÂ 10.11.2015 Stephanie Sydiaha poses outside an advance polling station on Avenue C north on Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Liam Richards / The StarPhoenixShareAdjustCommentPrint Related City Park polling station moved after complaints City Park polling station moved after voter complaints A Saskatoon woman says Elections Canada workers donâ€™t appear to know the rules at advance polling stations, and she worries it could prevent others from casting a ballot. â€œI am deeply concerned about marginalized Canadians being turned away or simply giving up,â€� said Stephanie Sydiaha. Sydiaha, a former provincial election returning officer and Saskatchewan Polytechnic instructor, said she went to cast her federal election ballot Friday at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Hall on Avenue C. The main voting day is October 19, but advance polls opened Friday and run to the end of Monday across Canada. At the main entrance, Sydiaha said the first thing an Elections Canada worker asked was, â€œDid you bring your photo ID?â€� Sydiaha knew that under the new federal election law, photo identification is not required. Two pieces of non-photo ID â€” one with an address â€” are sufficient. â€œI donâ€™t need it, and you should not be asking for it,â€� Sydiaha replied. The pollâ€™s returning officer came over and talked with Sydiaha, who repeated her concerns. She was then directed to a table, where she produced her bank card and phone bill. She was given a ballot and voted before leaving. When she got home, Sydiaha called Elections Canadaâ€™s main number in Gatineau, Quebec to get assurances the practice would stop. She said the first official told her voters did need photo ID. â€œI was shocked, so I asked to talk to someone else,â€� she said. A supervisor came on the line and admitted this issue was a problem across the country, Sydiaha said. She was passed on to a third staff person, who offered to take her complaint. Sydiaha said sheâ€™d like assurances workers will not ask first for photo ID, she was told the concern would be marked â€œurgent.â€� Sydiaha said she is confident and knowledgeable enough to stand up for her rights. She worries that many marginalized people without photo drivers licenses will just turn around and go home if asked for photo ID. â€œThere are people all over Canada who donâ€™t have it,â€� she said. Sydiaha is one of several non-partisan volunteers who have been at the Saskatoon Food Bank for the past two months encouraging patrons to vote. Theyâ€™ve also made stops at Station 20 West, the Friendship Inn and other core neighbourhood gathering spots, answering questions and handing out Elections Canada information guides. Marie-France Kenny, Elections Canada media adviser for Saskatchewan and Manitoba, said she could not talk about the details of any complaints. She said she could not say whether there have been any complaints or issues with photo identification requests at polling stations. She said the rules are clear. She said workers are supposed to simply ask for identification, but â€œyou do not need a photo ID to vote.â€� xShareElections Canada asking improper questions at poll: voter Email Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google Linkedin Video Life Videos Best of Postmedia Carly Rae Jepsen stoked for Grease: Live As intoxicating as a bottle of Sneaky Pete, Carly Rae Jepsen can’t say enough about her role in Grease: Live, airing this Sunday on Fox and CTV. She has one message in particular for the show’s costume designers: Thanks for […] Follow the money: Evidence submitted at fraud probe points to concerns about Vancouver real estate market Interviews conducted by B.C. Securities Commission investigators and read into evidence in a Securities Commission fraud hearing against Ayaz Dhanani reveal a complex real estate transaction with connections to alleged fraud and organized crime players. High society: Vaping lounge opens for business in downtown Windsor The owners of newly opened Higher Limits — Windsor's first cannabis vapour lounge — say they're trying to dispel the stigma around cannabis use with their downtown business. But is it legal? Columnists Fuller: My city's in a rush to run with the big dogs Oh, Saskatoon. Sometimes you think youâ€™re still 1974 and you can follow the 10-10 rule: Get there in... Paul Hanley: Citizen empowerment fosters resilience A perfect storm of social-environmental forces and digital technology is leading to the rise of a new... Canada now signing in pencil Only Canada signed without supporting what it was signing.