Yesterday, we learned that elections officials are hiding ballots from scrutineers.
I spelled out in this post that Canadian democracy is stronger than US democracy because we have scrutineers looking at each and every ballot.
Apparently, this does not apply in Newfoundland.
Regardless, the so-called results, are as follows:
13 - PC
2 - NDP
3 - IND
And that's it. No map for this farce.
This this supposed "election" does not outage you, you are doing it wrong. The one key element that differentiates our healthy democracy from failed democracies is that each party/candidate is allowed to see each and every ballot.
Not some of them. All of them. Not one person trying desperately to look at two different piles, or worse, 10 different piles. One set of eyes, on each ballot.
I'm not going to humor this process with any more coverage on my blog. Good day. When the lawsuits begin, I'll keep you up to date, and I'll cover the re-do of the election (if that is how the court rules) ina year or two.
Edited to add -
I've reviewed the results on twitter and found 6 ridings where I feel the results might be, could be, or perhaps even should be, in dispute. The solution I prefer is to start by looking at the margin of victory. IE the number of votes that the winner took, over the 2nd placed candidate. If the winner took 1000 votes, and the 2nd placed candidate took 900 votes, the margin is 100. Next, compare that, to the number of people who say they were unable to vote. If that number is greater than the margin (IE, lets say 101 people said they were unable to vote), then the losing candidate(s) could request a re-do. This would simply see by-elections called for these ridings, with the member elected today continuing to sit until the by-election results are declared.
As such, with that note in mind, I am willing to discuss the election in a bit more detail and will do so in the following days.
Regardless, here is the results map:
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