Voters turned away at some Ottawa polling stations

Nick Arnone’s elderly parents, Franco and Lyse were turned away this morning from a poll in Ottawa-Centre.

“It’s the first time this has happened in 40 years of voting”, Arnone said. “It’s a close election, it’s up for grabs everywhere. It’s a tight election in Centretown.”

The Arnones say an official asked for their phone number and told them they would be called later. They didn’t feel comfortable doing that, and were unable to vote.

It appears a staff shortage caused the problem. Arnone says his parents will get a ride from a campaign, and hope to vote later today.