WRIGHT (Renfrew) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 113) in further amendment of the Dominion Elections Act, 1900.
He said : This is practically the old Act of 1900 with this addition, that the ballot paper is entirely different from anything we have had hitherto. Each ballot paper has the portrait of the candidate with his name printed underneath in large legible type. A ballot will be provided for each candidate, and on the back will be the initials of the deputy returning officer. When the voter comes in to the polling booth, these ballots are handed to him, and he goes into an ante-room and there selects the ballot bearing the portrait of the candidate for whom he desires to vote. This ballot he folds up and gives to the returning officer, who places it in the ballot box, after verifying the initials to make sure that it is one of the ballots handed to the voter. The other ballot the voter hands to the deputy returning officer, who examines it to see that it has his initials, and then destroys it in the presence of the agents of the candidates. This will prevent the spoiling of ballots, because the voter does not require to mark any of them, and the. ballot is just as secret as any ballot can be. Any one who can read may vote in the same manner as heretofore, but a man who cannot read can easily see, by the portrait of the candidate for whom he wishes to vote, which ballot he should cast.