10/23/2015 10:45 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Gender among information to be included in permanent Manitoba voters list

WINNIPEG — Legislation has been introduced in Manitoba to create a permanent voters list.

Under Bill 45, enumerators could ask eligible voters for their gender and date of birth.

The same information would be requested when people apply to have their name added to the voters list on election day, during advance polls, or when an application is made to vote as an absentee or homebound voter.

The data would form the basis of an accurate and up-to-date voters list for any election held in 2020 and afterwards.

Bill 45 would also amend The Elections Act to allow separate voting stations in residences for seniors and people with disabilities.

As well, a station already set up in a health-care facility could be used for voting by seniors and people with disabilities who live in a "co-located residence."

Elections Manitoba said two years ago that the agency was ready to implement a permanent voters list. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Winnipeg Free Press