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Map: Which ridings were hit with robo-call allegations?

Map colour denotes closeness of vote in the riding, with red being the smallest vote margins between the first- and second-place candidates. You can view a larger version of the map here.You can zoom in on particular areas of interest, such as Winnipeg, the Greater Toronto Area, and Southern Ontario.

The list of ridings that received misleading calls during the last federal election continues to grow. Two key trends have emerged in alleged voter suppression tactics:

  • robo-calls for donations or a change in polling stations;
  • misleading live calls related to the candidate, donations or a change in polling stations.

Here is what readers said. Click here to send us your own story.

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Stacey Stevens, Guelph, Ont.

"I received an automated call (450 area code) the morning of the election from 'Elections Canada' informing me that my polling station had been changed to the Old Quebec Street mall. I knew that that was not true as my husband and I had already voted at the polling station listed on our voters cards about 20 minutes before."

Stephen White, Northumberland-Quinte West, Ont.

"Received a call late in the evening after my two infant children were asleep. The call had bad timing, but more importantly it claimed to be the Liberal party and basically suggested that my support for them was a given. ... At the time, I was torn between who to vote for. I told my spouse at that time that I would not vote for Liberal."

Leslie Venturino, Parkdale-High Park, Ont.

"We received two calls, the first from a company on behalf of the Conservative Party, despite the fact that I have never voted Conservative. [The call was] really late, past the time that telemarketers are allowed to call. The other call was completely automated to inform me that our polling station had moved. I had already voted in the advance poll."

Michael Cole, Beaches-East York, Ont.

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"It was very late at night, got a call asking for support [was an IVR, not a human]and it was for the Liberal incumbent. My wife and I were both very annoyed by the call, almost voted NDP as a direct result."

Peter Radencich, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Ont.

"Two calls from the Conservative Party asking if I would support them during this election. I prefer to keep my choice for voting private, so I initially declined to respond, but upon the second request, I declined to give support. Then a few days later I was called to ask if I knew where my polling station was, and I humored them and said no. I was told that my polling station was in downtown Dundas, Ont., many kilometres away. I did end up calling and confirming my polling station had not changed from the previous federal election."

Glen Pearson, Liberal incumbent who lost his seat in London North Centre, Ont.

"In the last week of the campaign there was a decided change in mood at the many doors the volunteers and I visited. We continued to hear from voters that they had been phoned by someone claiming to be from the Conservative Party, that I spent months a year in Africa and thus not in Ottawa or in the riding. This was untrue. Because it occurred in the final days prior to the election, there was little we could do about it and the damage was done."

Jim Maloway, the NDP incumbent who lost his seat in Elmwood, Man.

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"I heard from one gentlemen who said he picked up the phone because the caller ID said Elections Canada. But they gave the wrong info, saying he had to go vote someplace else, which he said wasn't true."

Liberal candidate Bryan May, Cambridge, Ont.

"Most of the reports were saying they were getting harasing calls at a time when our campaign office was closed. We also got hit by a robo fax all weekend leading up to the campaign. Our phone lines were jammed ... and we couldn't reach out to voters or arrange pick-up rides. You can imagine how debilitating that was."

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