William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson

Post Election Results for your Canadian Friends

Dear outside-of-Canada friends: On May 2nd, 2011 we are having a general election. The first poll closings will be on the island of Newfoundland at 2300 UTC. The last polls to close will be British Columbia's, at 0200 UTC (May 3rd). Between 2300 and 0200, no information about the polls may be publicly transmitted.

But there's no law against a private message or a phone call. And if you're outside of Canada, the law doesn't apply at all.

So! If you have other Facebook friends who are Canadian, this might be a small opportunity for you to help skirt our archaic election laws. I am sure there are other efforts that are better organized than my small protest, but I intend to make one just the same.

How this will work is that I will periodically private-message you about how things are going. You'd then repost these results, from your safe perch outside the Canadian borders, and perhaps (we hope) to the interest of your other Canadian e-acquaintances.

If you're a Canadian ex-pat, this is a no-brainer, since you probably have hundreds of Canadian friends and/or followers already.

This election has the potential to be transformative. Anything could happen. It should be a big night, whatever happens.

It's a short window of time, just three hours - and I might not have much in the first half-hour because during that time (when polls on the island of Newfoundland are closed but polls in the Atlantic Time Zone are not yet closed) I'll be subject to the same information embargo that the rest of Canada will be under. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for info, but it could well be a dark half-hour. UPDATE: I have a mole in Newfoundland! She'll be watching the TV coverage there and feeding me updates. It'll be just like a game of Telephone.

Cheers, and Happy Election
- Will

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