Elections Canada resending 5,600 Toronto voter cards after polling station mixup

Elections Canada will send 5,600 corrected voter information cards to residents in the Toronto-St. Paul's riding after the first batch told people to vote at an address that doesn't exist.

Cards directed residents to vote at 44 Room Ave., which does not exist

Elections Canada is sending 5,600 voter information cards to the Toronto-St.Paul's riding after the first round of cards directed voters to a non-existent address. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Elections Canada will send 5,600 corrected voter information cards to residents in the Toronto-St. Paul's riding after the first batch told people to vote at an address that doesn't exist.

It's unclear exactly how 44 Room Ave. — a street that doesn't exist in the riding or in the city itself — found its way on the cards.

Biddy Robinson hadn't noticed the error this week, expecting the polling station would be at the same place it had been for the last eight years: downstairs in her apartment building near Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.

"I didn't even read the address because I assumed it would be... right," she told CBC News.

New cards should arrive Thursday

But many others were baffled about where to go on Oct. 19, according to the Liberal candidate's campaign chairwoman, who said their office got flooded with calls.

"They were very concerned because they don't know where to vote," Lynne Steele said.

Elections Canada staff say they are working to send out the right information before election day, with a spokeswoman saying the new cards should arrive by Thursday.

Have you had an issue with your voter card? Send us an email — tonews@cbc.ca.

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