Bryan Vanderkruk admits to trying to vote twice in 2011 federal election
Asked for a second ballot on election day after having already voted at advance poll
A former member of a Conservative riding association in southern Ontario has struck a compliance agreement with Elections Canada after he tried to cast two votes in the last federal election.
A notice published Friday on the Canada Gazette website says Bryan Vanderkruk admits to requesting a second ballot on election day even though he had already voted at the advance poll in another riding.
"I requested a second ballot on polling day of the federal general election held on May 2, 2011, in the electoral district of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale ... in the province of Ontario," Vanderkruk said in a statement.
"I had already voted at the same election on April 23, 2011, at the advance poll, in the electoral district of Hamilton Centre ... in the province of Ontario."
Vanderkruk said he knows it's against the law to vote twice in the same election and he regrets asking for a second ballot.
'Sincerely' regrets requesting second ballot
"I am aware of the prohibition against requesting a second ballot after having voted at the same federal election," he said.
"I sincerely regret having requested a second ballot, an act that could constitute an offence under the act, and I appreciate the gravity of my actions and their effects on the integrity of the electoral process."
Compliance agreements are voluntary deals with the Commissioner of Canada Elections in which a person agrees to do certain things in order to comply with the Canada Elections Act.
Part of the agreement could be a statement in which the person admits responsibility for an something -- which does not constitute a criminal conviction and doesn't leave the person with a criminal record.
According to his Linkedin profile, Vanderkruk is the former president of the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale provincial Progressive Conservative riding association.
His online profile says he was also a member of the federal Conservative riding association in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.
Vanderkruk ran for the Ontario PC Party in the riding of Hamilton Mountain, but he dropped out of the race six months before the provincial election held last June.