Suppression of Mask-Exempt voters in Windsor Ontario

Sept 15th update: the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections is investigating. Details are at the end of the post.

StandUpWindsor affiliates received eight reports of voter suppression in Windsor on September 13, 2021.

Mask-exempt voters have been turned away from their assigned advance polling stations for their mask exemptions. They have been ordered to cast their vote all the way outside the city, in Tecumseh, at 13300 Tecumseh Rd E. Naturally, this makes voting relatively difficult for them, as they may not be able to follow through and cast their vote.

Signs posted in Windsor polling stations corroborate this:

This is in contravention of the law and contravention of Elections Canada’s stated policy: “Electors who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons will not be required to wear one, and they will not be asked for proof of medical exemption […] Electors who are exempt from wearing a mask for medical or other reasons will be allowed entry to the polling station.”

StandUpWindsor affiliate, and pending PPC scrutineer, Derek, spoke with one of the election officers accused of demanding proof of exemption and turning a voter away for not providing that proof:


It seems this elections officer has been caught lying about demanding proof of mask exemption in order to vote.

First, why does he demand to not be recorded? What does he have to hide? He’s on the job with a deep responsibility to the public.

In the video, he claims he demanded proof of exemption, and then when presented with the Elections Canada requirement to accept exemptions without demanding proof, he says… Oh, actually he didn’t demand proof of exemption after all. Yeah, right!

People who know to stand up for their rights, by freeing their faces in keeping with their mask exemptions, are more likely to be voting PPC. And these people are having their votes obstructed.


The same day, Derek followed up on a separate report, in which a man was expected, without exception, to cover his face to participate in democracy, in spite of his exemption.

The ensuing confrontation with elections officers resulted in Derek being directed to the Returning Officer (RO) for the area, Mark Moore.

Elections Canada Returning Officer Mark Moore

Mark Moore asserted the following: the City ordered that all City-owned facilities used as polling stations must refuse all mask exemptions. Despite this being in contravention of the law, and in contravention of Elections Canada policy, Mark Moore chose to obey this order. That is, it appears he decided to obey an order given from a position under (that is, subordinate to) his own authority.

Derek’s calls to the City of Windsor and the Health Unit (WECHU) turned up no knowledge of any such bylaw, health order or directive. Elections Canada forwarded Derek’s call back to Mark Moore, who then ascribed the no-exemptions order to Windsor Parks and Recreation.

The Windsor Parks and Recreation supervisor denied that there is any order to disrespect mask exemptions, citing an Elections Canada permit signed by the City of Windsor, in which City facilities acting as polling stations commit to abide by regulations and guidelines set by provincial and local boards of health. The supervisor recognized medical exemptions and stated that the claim that medical exemptions are disallowed is “not true. Medical exemptions are allowed.”

Video compilation of the above:

Summary of above video, with timestamps:

00:00 – Elections Canada website: “Electors who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons will not be required to wear one, and they will not be asked for proof of medical exemption […] Electors who are exempt from wearing a mask for medical or other reasons will be allowed entry to the polling station.”

00:17 – WFCU polling station – Confrontation shows the election staff denied a voter access to the polling station for his masking exemption. Staff member Evette directs Derek to Mark [Moore], Returning Officer, to the Elections Canada office in Tecumseh (Green Valley Plaza).

5:10 – Mask exempt Windsor voters are being systematically turned away from their polling stations and directed outside of the city in order to cast their vote, seriously inhibiting their ability to vote. A sign posted in another polling station confirms that this is happening.

5:29 – Returning Officer Mark Moore asserts that the City of Windsor has ordered all polling stations rented from the City to refuse all mask exemptions, and to turn mask-exempt voters away from their polling stations and require them to vote outside the city, without exception.

8:00 – A representative of the City of Windsor asserts no knowledge of any order to disrespect mask exemptions in area polling stations. The representative respects exemptions and respects that proof of exemption is not required.

11:22 – A representative of the Windsor-Essex County Helth Unit (Elaine) asserts no knowlege of any order to disrespect mask exemptions in area polling stations. The representative respects exemptions and acknowledges that proof of exemption is not required.

16:31 – Elaine from the WECHU calls back with more information. She acknowledges the authority of Elections Canada in this issue and recommends calling them.

17:59 – A representative of Elections Canada (Elaine) forwards the query back to Returning Officer Mark Moore. Moore cites Windsor Parks & Recreation as the source of the requirement to deny mask exemptions. (As if Windsor municipal Parks & Rec has authority over Elections Canada!)

20:23 – A representative of Windsor Parks & Rec (Jenny) cites her supervisor’s claim that Parks & Rec adheres to provincial and federal guidelines. The supervisor comes on the line, and cites an Elections Canada permit signed by the City of Windsor, in which City facilities acting as polling stations commit to abide by regulations and guidelines set by provincial and local boards of health. She recognizes medical exemptions and states that the claim that medical exemptions are disallowed is “not true. Medical exemptions are allowed.”


How is this not textbook voter suppression?

“Voter suppression is a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting.” [Wikipedia]

Even if City of Windsor facilities did order polling stations to illegally refuse mask exemptions, why has Mark Moore given the municipality precedence over Elections Canada?

Canada Elections Act. Sections 282.6, 491.2(1)(s) and 500(5)(b):
282.6 No person shall prevent or attempt to prevent an elector from voting at an election.
491.2(1) Every person is guilty of an offense who
(s) knowingly contravenes section 282.6 (preventing elector from voting)

(5) Every person who is guilty of an offence under any of subsections 480(1) and (2), 480.1(1), 481(1) and 482(1), section 482.1, subsections 484(3), 485(2), 486(3) and (4), 487(2), 488(2) and 489(3), section 490, subsection 491(3), section 491.2, subsection 492(2), section 494, subsections 495(5), 495.1(2), 495.2(2), 495.21(2), 495.3(2), 496(2), 496.1(2), 497(2), 497.1(3), 497.2(3), 497.3(2), 497.4(2), 497.5(2), 498(2) and 499(2) is liable
(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine of not more than $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years, or to both.

Why shouldn’t Returning Officer Mark Moore be reported to Elections Canada — or even Windsor Police — for interfering with the 2021 federal election by facilitating voter suppression?


Update from Currie, Sept 15: I called Windsor Police this morning. They took the complaint seriously, and put me in touch with an investigator at Elections Canada who called me back promptly and took my report. I then spoke with John at the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections; this office is tasked with ensuring Elections Canada adheres to the Canada Elections Act. John assured me that this matter is being taken seriously and should be cleared up before election day. He will get back to me with updates.


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13 comments on “Suppression of Mask-Exempt voters in Windsor Ontario”

  1. Dan Laskowski Reply

    This happened last Sunday and I posted on my Facebook

    Segregated voting in Windsor Ontario
    So we thought that we would vote early.
    We went to our polling station but the WFCU center refused us because weren’t wearing masks…only shields.
    They sent us 5 MILES AWAY to another polling station and our votes WERE NOT placed in the ballot box. Our votes were put in DOUBLE ENVELOPES as “Special” votes.
    So I suspect that they may end up in the garbage.

  2. Anne Chenier Reply

    you fucking twit! Imagine being so self entitled that your rights are more important than keeping ppl safe from a deadly epidemic….Your group will be remebered as “the losers who have no real life so they harass ppl who actually work” Just pitiful that your less than 1% are arrogant losers.

  3. Cat Reply

    Excellent!! Beautiful and thorough. Yes he should be charged and any others suppressing voters in any way.

  4. Fuck Covidiots Reply

    Grow the fuck up you whiny entitled babies. You don’t give a shit about masks or the virus or your neighbours. Most of you have no friends left and a lot of you have alienated your families. All so you don’t have to do what’s asked of you to protect society.

    Darwin is rubbing his hands with glee.

  5. An unabashed alcoholic Reply

    Hey can you also start mentioning how RIDE programs violate our rights according to the charter since you’re all about government overreach please and thank you

    • Currie Reply

      I don’t know much about that, and I can tell that you think you’re being absurd, but I can see the angle somewhat, if motorists are being stopped without cause. Difference being that your car, unlike your body, is a powerful and dangerous machine that requires training and a license to operate.

      • Dean Reply

        The RIDE program violates our charter rights (not same person as above) the police DO NOT have the right to stop people without cause and it’s an abuse of government authority. I thought you were all about stopping the government from abusing authority?

        • Currie Reply

          You might be right Dean. I’m not sure, I haven’t looked into the details. Too much on my plate right now. Am not willing to make a definitive claim about it without doing my research first.

  6. Stephen Reply

    Oh Currie, forever trying to make yourself a victim, aren’t you? Must be so tiring. Months and months of fighting with fabric, followed by “lockdowns”, followed by proof of vaccination. We all wish you had a real life TBH.

  7. Fuckiots Chovid Reply

    To: Anne Chenier
    “you fucking twit!”
    Certainly an accurate self-portrait you painted.

    “Imagine being so self entitled that your rights are more important than keeping ppl safe from a deadly epidemic….”
    Hypocrisy is a foreign concept to you `Imagine being so self-entitled that your rights are more important than` *insert self-entitled position* (albeit I would use proper grammar if I had wrote it).

    I thought it was a pandemic — are you in a position to downgrade it to an epidemic? Define keeping people safe?

    What are you personally willing to sacrifice to keep people safe? Would you personally give up all your rights forever to to save… say… 1 person? What if that person is 95 years old? Is the life of a 10 year old more valuable than the life of a 95 year old? What would you be willing to force children to sacrifice? How many children would you force to prevent the death a single 95 year old? This is what you are talking about when you use generic media talking points about “keeping people safe”.

    “Your group will be remebered as “the losers who have no real life so they harass ppl who actually work”.”
    Spelling is not your strong suit either. Do you have a list of all the “losers” in the group? What does it mean to have a real life? Does your list contain a section for careers? Why would it; since none of them “actually” work? Is “harassment” really the word you chose to describe the video, rather than the experience of the person with medical exemption attempting to exercise their right to vote?

    “Just pitiful that your less than 1% are arrogant losers”
    This is something an “arrogant loser” would say. Someone who doesn’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”; who uses hateful words + profanity; who makes generalizations. Someone who makes statements like “less than 1%” without specifying the comparison or subject.

    I hope you take an honest look in the mirror regarding your behavior.


    To: Fuck Covidiots (clever name)

    “You don’t give a shit about masks or the virus or your neighbours.”
    How do you know? How did you get from medical exemption, to “don’t give a shit about” “your neighbours”?

    “Most of you have no friends left and a lot of you have alienated your families.”
    Conjecture at best. You must keep a statistical database of people to make a statement that contains “most of you” (without defining the group). Maybe you perform cross-aggregation of your database with the list Anne Chenier has. How could you possibly know, even a single person, intimately enough to know they have no friends let and that they (and not their families) alienated their families (and not them). This entire sentence is nonsense.

    “All so you don’t have to do what’s asked of you to protect society.”
    Do you believe you are protecting society? Who is the one asking? What gives someone the authority to make a demand? What is your hard line / hill to die on for doing what is asked of you? What would you be willing to do to protect a single person? Does it matter who that person is? What if they are a murderer; does that change what you’re willing to do? What if they are 95 years old and have terminal cancer with days to live? Would you lock someone away for not complying with what they are asked to do? Would you change your mind if what is asked changes beyond your hard line, and you are locked away?

    “Darwin is rubbing his hands with glee.”
    I assume this is your attempt at an insult as clever as your name. You believe that Darwin, who was at odds with the authorities in his field (and society in general) .. would rub his hands with glee because people didn’t exercise critical thinking … because … evolution? (I’m itching to launch into a series of gene-therapy jokes; but I’ll resolve to simply mentioning it because.. I couldn’t help myself)

    “Grow the fuck up you whiny entitled babies.”
    You said it best; now do it!

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