Lawyer accuses Conservatives of delaying tactics in voter suppression Federal Court hearings
Six Conservative MPs whose 2011 elections are being challenged over allegations of widespread attempts to suppress votes with fraudulent or misleading telephone calls have used delaying tactics to hold off Federal Court hearings on the complaints, a lawyer for voters challenging the election results told court on Tuesday.
Ekos Research pollster Frank Graves, pictured Monday at the Federal Court hearings, conducted a report which he says shows signs of a targeted voter suppression aimed at non-Tory voters during the last election. Conservative Party lawyer Arthur Hamilton grilled Mr. Graves, saying he was a Liberal Party supporter and had inconsistencies in prior court affidavits. Mr. Graves later told the media that he was surprised by the questioning and that he donated to the Liberals six or seven years ago and described the affidavit mistake as a 'clerical error.' The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright