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article imageRob Ford breaks campaign rules, kicked out of advance polls

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 20, 2014 in Politics
It does not appear to matter what befalls Rob Ford, he seems incapable of staying away from controversy; indeed, not even his grave illness can stop him from making headlines. This time it was Ford's repeated failure to comply with election rules.
On three consecutive days last week Mr. Ford, still Toronto's mayor, was asked by officials to leave polling stations around the city for breaking election rules. He was talking to voters and posing for photos at a number of advance polling stations on Thursday and Friday and at each polling station he did so, he was asked by the resident election officials to leave. Reports have it that he did not comply and that he only left when he was good and ready.
By the time Saturday came rolling around, Toronto city clerk Ulli S. Watkiss emailed Ford to tell him officially his actions constituted a breach of the Municipal Elections Act. That seemed to have no effect as Ford was back at it Saturday, again at advance polling stations and again talking with voters and having his photograph taken with them.
No proof was uncovered that Ford, who withdrew from the Mayor's race last month due to a cancer diagnosis, was actually telling voters who to vote for, but his actions were nonetheless against election rules.
“There was no evidence that the mayor was campaigning on the site or telling people how to vote," city official Jackie DeSouza told the Toronto Star in an email. "However, only electors, elections staff and scrutineers are permitted in the voting place so he was asked to leave."
Ford, receiving treatment for a rare and deadly abdominal cancer, has been replaced on the mayoral ticket by his brother, current Councillor Doug Ford. Rob Ford is now running for a seat on City Council in Ward 2.
The election takes place on Monday, Oct. 27.
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