[kwlug-disc] Asking questions of candidates during the election.

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Mar 31 16:40:51 EDT 2011


On Thu, 2011-03-31 at 15:23 -0400, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM, L.D. Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> > What happened to write-ins?  Can't one just ask for a blank ballot on
> > election day and pencil in any name?
> 
>   That is a US tradition.  It is my understanding (and would have to
> do some research to verify) that such ballots are counted as being
> spoiled in Canada.
> 


Correct.  Write-ins are ballot spoiling:

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=loi/jud&document=jud_p3&lang=e


And ballot spoiling is illegal:

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SpecialEvent7/20060121/eating_ballot_060122/


It seems there is no mechanism for registering a protest vote at the
federal level:

http://www.elections.ca/res/pub/ecdocs/EC10470_e.pdf

See Section 10.3.9.




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