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Thread #27980   Message #345656
Posted By: sophocleese
23-Nov-00 - 09:32 AM
Thread Name: Elections: How do you do it at home?
Subject: RE: How do you do it at home?
In Canada you cannot broadcast any information about the polls that have closed in the East in the West until after the polls have closed there. I was startled to learn that this is not the case in the US. One man on the radio said that it would infringe on the rights of the broadcast media to have to wait until the western polls close before mentioning the eastern polls. An example of the difference between Canada and the US.

But just so that you don't think I can only criticize the US, I'll tell you about how they voted in the hospital on Monday. This was an advance poll as our federal election is on next Monday. A friend of mine is at the hospital right now. She was in her bed when a group of people showed up to help her vote. She was given a ballot with a blank space for her to write in the name of the candidate. When she asked she was told who the candidates were and who their parties were. She then asked "What if I can't spell?" They did not have a written list of the candidates for her to look at.Then she filled in the name of her candidate in full view of three people standing around her bed. She made a joke about it not being a very secret ballot. Then the ballot was sealed and put in a ballot box.

My mother and I were apalled at this sloppy way of conducting an election. Mom being more vocal than I said she would call about it. She talked to one of the candidates who then directed her to the returning officer. The returning officer found nothing strange or weird about this and was concerned only that the ballot had been sealed. According to him if it had been sealed then it was a secret ballot whether three other people had watched my friend fill it in or not. Would anybody like to borrow or rent a returning officer? Mom then called the local newsapaper who seemed unsurprised but eager to hear more. I don't know how much more we will hear about it.