Common sense prevails on election results

- January 14th, 2012

Uppal
Fitting the news came through by way of Twitter.

In the age of social media, the push for immediacy flew in the face of an antiquated law.

So there was Tim Uppal, minister of state for democratic reform, tweeting Friday the feds would no longer be going after people who broadcast election results before polls close in all time zones. This leaves the media off the hook as well, thankfully.

Look, I’m more than happy to see this provision terminated. Citizens shouldn’t be treated like criminals for taking an interest in the democratic process, especially not through a piece of legislation that’s older than my dad.

It’s refreshing to think, for once, the government isn’t, as I wrote after last year’s election, treating us like sheep.

There is absolutely no good reason to think, especially with our staggered ballot times, that Canadians in the West would wait to see what was happening in Eastern Canada before heading to the polls. Truly, even if we didn’t stagger our voting hours, the notion that Canadians are that stupid is, well, insulting.

So score one for the social media age. It’s just a shame the move had to be made because of technology and not because it was bad policy to begin with.

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  1. Tony Borbely says:

    Dave,

    Elections Canada CAN solve this problem on their own. THEY are the ones who start releasing election results minutes after the polls close and the counting starts.

    All they have to do is NOT release the election results in Newfoundland (and so on) until the polls in B.C. have closed. Once B.C. polls have closed, they can do a riding-by-riding, province-by-province sweep.

    Of course, those commentators covering the Election will have nothing to do for 3 hours while waiting, but that might be a good thing. The “Election Show” coverage could run half as long if it started only after the B.C. polls closed.

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