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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Keep closer watch on drivers9 list EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government will be more careful about future dis- tribution of published lists of suspended motorists, Highways Minister Clarence Copithrone told the legislature. He was amending a reply made last week to Albert Lud- wig (SC Calgai-y Mountain View) who said an automobile rental agency in Edmonton had obtained copies of the lists which are intended for use by police and vehicle licensing of- fices. At that time, Mr. Copithorne said the lists obtained by the rental agency were at least two years old. "Unfortunately, the informa- tion I had received gave vol- ume numbers 80, 81 and he said. "These books expired some two years ago. "I now find that the books in question apparently were num- bered 89, 80 and 94. Number 94 is currently in use and, al- though I had no intention of mis- leading the House, I now apolo- gize for having done so." The province has been com- piling lists of suspended motor- ists since February, 1949. COME TO THE FAIR It's the Hanls County Exhibition In in Windsor, N.S., and nobody tor miles around ever misses it. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, Ernest Hillen visits the fair that's been an annual attraction since 1765. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERAID WEEKEND MAGAZINE Rapeseed plant may J5. o ahead HIGH PRAIRIE (CP) Ma- yer Fred Dumont says he has received favorable indications that a proposed rapeseed pro- cessing plant will be accepted. A decision on the plant is ex- pected soon from the Alberta Opportunity Corp. The developer, Toltrup and Associates Ltd. of Edmonton has sought a million guaran- teed loan through the corpora- tion. The firm has an option, good until Dec. 35, on a Ger- man crushing process for rape- seed. Identify two road victims CALGARY (CP) Clifford John Fyten, 55, of Swalwell, Alta., and Claire Charles Huher, 41, of Calgary were identified Wednesday as the men killed in a two-vehicle, head on colli- sion Tuesday night on Highway 9, about 15 miles northeast of the city. Lethbridge no exception [embers agree new-style confused voters By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau Members of Par liament now appearing on Par liament Hill after the Oct. 30 eleclion appear to be in agree- ment on one large number of spoiled ballots re ported when the crucial count was made. The unusually large number of rejected ballots are attrib uted to two factors in this elec ticn: (1) The new-style federal bal lots with a while circle placec opposite the candidates' names (2) The number of Libera' supporters who did not want to vote for a Progressive Con- servative, New Democratic Party or Social Credit candi date, but would not vote for the Liberal as it would be a vote for continuing the Trudeau gov- ernment. The latter is ths only ex- planation that can be given to many ballots appearing that IN LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th Avenue South Telephone 328-4214 have no black "x's" pencilled in after the name of any one of the candidates. But they do have a large "X" drawn through the name of the Liberal candidate. CONFUSED MANY Such a ballot was rejected. In addition the new style bal- lot apparently confused many voters. For the first time in this election in addition to having a white space after the name of each candidate it also had a white circle. It was in that circle that the voter was sup- posed to place his "X" to show the candidate of his choice. When Parliament approved the new-style ballot, the MPs thought it was so simple that it would not confuse anybody. They were wrong. Obviously thousands of voters did not read the new rules and regulations which stressed that ths "X" must be placed in the circle. In most cases if the ballot did not have the "X" in the circle as required, it was rejected as a spoiled ballot. In some cases there was not only an "X" in the circle but also an "X" or several "X's" in the white space following the name of the voter's electoral choice. These ballots too were apparently frequently rejected as "spoiled." Chit Electoral Officer J. M. Hamel said today he does not have any final figures as yet on the total number of spoiled bal- lots. He agreed that there ap- peared to be a large number showing up in this election, but until he has his final statistics compiled he is not prepared to comment on the cause. FINAL FIGURES Until all the official results are in no report on the total number of spoiled ballots is available, he pointed out. The final figures on the number of votes cast for each candidate will also include the total num- ber of rejected ballots. He said it was to be expected I when a new style of ballot was introduced there might be a larger than usual number of ballots spoiled by the voters. But he was at a loss to explain why the numbers seemed so large in this election. Only by examining the spoiled ballots, might it be possible to establish a relationship across the country. He said that under the election law the ballots can- not be checked without a court order. After one year they have to be destroyed. Mr. Hamel said that if the problem appears to warrant it, his officials will consider taking the proper legal action to allow a cross-country study of the bal- lots to be made. But that is a bridge yet to be crossed. In the meantime they are very busy going through all the legal pro- prieties of winding up the Oct. 30 election. However, he said, when you net reports of spoiled ballots in Nickel Belt, for example, run- ning as high as 12 to 13 per cent, there appears to have been a problem. LETIffiRIDGE FIGURE Concern over the large num- ber of ballots that were spoiled is not confined to only one polit- ical party. George Hees, Pro- gressive Conservative MP re- elected for Prince Edward Hastings, voiced his suprise as did Gordon Blair, Liberal who was defeated in his bid for re- election in the Ottawa seat of Grenville-Carleton. Doug Row- lard, the successful NDP candi- date in Selkirk, reoprted that in that Manitoba riding the spoiled ballots soared to an astonishing number. One of the most closely con- tested seals in the country, the number of spoiled ballots in Sel- kirk rose from 286 in the 1968 election to more than in this election. In the Alberta rid- ing of Lethbridge there were 168 rejected ballots in 1968 com- pared to 640 in the recent elec- tion. Thursday, November 23, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID IS Save-the-ligcr campaign launched NEW DELHI (AP) The In- dian board for wildlife adopted the tiger yesterday as India's national animal and announced a campign to save the animl from extinction. Dr. Karen Singh, tourism minister, said the drive will be- gin next April and will cost million. The national animal has been the lion since 1967. Singh told the board the number of lions in the country had dwindled to 177 and that the king of beasts is found in only one state, Guja- rat. Singh said there were tigers in India in 1900. Now there only are a few more scattered over 10 of the 21 states. Shooting of tigers has been forbidden since last year.- lifts rigid ban on travel THURMONT, Md. (AP) President Nixon lifted Wednes- day a rigid government ban on travel of United States aircraft and ships to China. The action, announced by a spokesman at Nixon's Camp Da- vid, Md., retreat, is a first step toward eventual establishment of scheduled U.S. air and sea service to China. The changes tn government regulations do not automatical- ly, however, clear the way for scheduled service. A complicat- ed set of details still must be worked out before U.S. airlines can routinely land in such ci- ties as Peking, said press sec- retary Ronald L. Ziegler. P.M. to PM SPECIAL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Regular 14.40 Ideal for all auto and recreation vehicles, THINK CHRISTMAS SHOP 421 5th St. 5. Phone 327-4951 The glorious beer of Copenhagen AT REGULAR PRICES Nowbrewed in Alberta Carlsberghaslongbeentheworld'smost exported Lagcrbeer.NowCarlsberg, this glorious beer of Copenhagen, is brewed right here in Alberta. And because it's now brewed here, you can enjoy Carlsbcrg at regular prices. Carlsberg brewed with all the skill and tradition of Denmark to the taste of Canadian beer drinkers. Discover Carlsberg for yourself. Canadian Breweries Alberta Ltd. COPENHAGEN city of beautiful towers ;