Elections BC denies making fake election card with eerie similarities to Elizabeth Warren
Elections BC is denying basing a fictional Indigenous voter named "Luz Warren" on U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, despite the voter having the same birth year.
The fake voting card — used by Elections BC as an example of different types of ID people can provide to vote in the provincial election on Oct. 24 — shows a sketch of "Luz Warren."
The fictional woman belongs to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
NEW: Elections BC denies that a hypothetical Indigenous voter named "Luz Warren" in training material was a joke about Elizabeth Warren. https://t.co/6ppHujGjg1— VICE World News (@VICEWorldNews) October 16, 2020
Elections BC spokesman Andrew Watson told Vice that the hypothetical voter "is absolutely not meant to be a play off of Elizabeth Warren" and apologized to anyone who took offence.
Warren's claim to have Native American heritage began to make headlines in 2012, prompting President Donald Trump to mockingly refer to Warren as "Pocahontas."
"Pocahontas is not happy, she's not happy," Trump said during a 2016 campaign rally in Virginia, adding that he's doing a "disservice to Pocahontas" by conflating her with Elizabeth Warren.
Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2016
Warren's Republican opponent Scott Brown also attacked the senator for her claims in 2016, saying that she should "take a DNA test" if she wants to prove her Native American ancestry.
If you think recycling Scott Brown's hate-filled attacks on my family is going to shut me up, @realDonaldTrump, think again buddy. Weak.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 7, 2016
Warren publicly apologized for her claims to have Native American heritage during a presidential forum on Native American issues in August 2019.
"Like anyone who's being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes," she said. "I am sorry for harm I have caused."
Previously, the Massachusetts senator released a DNA test in 2018 that offered "strong evidence" she had Indigenous ancestry six to 10 generations ago.
Warren has not yet publicly responded to any similarities with the voting card released by Elections BC.
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