These posts are linked to the US presidential election and the unconfirmed claims of Donald Trump and his allies that automatic voting tabulators were responsible for the loss to Joe Biden.
In a bid to educate Canadian voters, the Federal Body will make it clear on Twitter on November 16 that it will use only manually calculated paper ballots.
The next day, Donald Trump took the tweet again, citing evidence of conspiracy against him.
“This is unfortunate and not intentional,” Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, Stephen Perrault, wrote in response to an email linking to this post from the outgoing president of the United States.
Email is one of the nearly 40-page documents obtained by the Canadian Press under the Information Access Act. Many parts have been changed, identified as sensitive advice to senior executives, and names have been censored for privacy reasons.
The birth of the tweet dates back to November 9, when discussions were held on how to resolve the issues surrounding the machines used in the US election.
Elections Canadian officials said on social media that machines designed by the Dominion company were also being used here. Some believe that “the results of the last election were illegal,” one might read in an internal document.
“Users involved in these discussions are of the opinion that machines are being used to count votes or that adding to an already corrupt system will lead to drastic results,” it was reported.
“Many consumers like the fact that Elections Canada provides factual information and that information is used to respond to inaccurate messages.”
The independent agency relied on describing the Canadian electoral system, especially the use of postal ballots, which were more widespread south of the border due to the epidemic.
Automatic tabulators were not used in the federal election, but Dominions were used in the party leadership race, in which Justin Trudeau became the Liberal leader.
The first tweet of votes or editing devices was published on November 12th.
Four days later, the agency tweeted again, “Elections Canada does not use Dominion voting systems, but paper ballots are counted in front of candidate representatives. In 100 years, the company has never used a voting machine or a counting machine. ”
At 4:10 pm the next day, an internal email stated that the post had generated “many positive interactions” and “many new subscribers”.
Within half an hour, the American president aired this publication. “It says it all! He shared this post with his 88.5 million members.
Elections Canada received six media requests within 45 minutes as reactions on social media and emails began pouring into Mr. Perrault’s inbox.
A member of the Liberal Party – whose name has been redesigned, but not the “@ Liberal.ca” domain – was particularly pointed out by Donald Trump’s retweet.
“Yes, it’s very unfortunate and unplanned: our social media team is responding to long-standing questions and inaccurate stories about our Dominion usage,” Mr Perrault wrote in response to a similar email in British Columbia.
“We have nothing against Dominion (there is no table when its use is justified). Dominion and EMB (election management agencies) who rely on these systems are not entitled to it.”
As the company dealt with the fallout from this retweet, a draft response was prepared to indicate that this post was intended to inform people who “mistakenly” believe that voting machines are being used in elections. Confederation “and should not be understood otherwise”.