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Jo
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Please remember that it is illegal to post election results before 7 pm, so if you have relatives or friends back east who are keeping you posted, please do not post that information here until after 7.

Anybody who posts such information will be banned.
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Is that law still going(not that it matters anymore)?

That's ridiculous, we haven't even caught up in the voting system yet, hahah.

Oh Canada.
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Loed wrote:Is that law still going(not that it matters anymore)?

That's ridiculous, we haven't even caught up in the voting system yet, hahah.

Oh Canada.


Don't worry no one enforces this.
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Seems the CBC breached this law last night. Elections Canada was unhappy at them.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/05/02 ... ckout-law/

CBC may have violated the Elections Canada blackout law
Sarah Boesveld May 2, 2011 – 9:21 PM ET | Last Updated: May 2, 2011 9:31 PM ET

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The CBC started broadcasting live election results an hour ahead of the embargo time of 10 p.m. ET, and may have broke an Elections Canada law.

Beaming hosts Wendy Mesley and Peter Mansbridge began sharing results from Atlantic Canada at 9 p.m. ET, going through a handful of ridings and even featuring a short interview with one of the successful candidates before the CBC Newsworld Network shut down. In place of the coverage came a “Sorry, we’re experiencing technical difficulties’ message. Please stay tuned.”

The law violated is Section 329 of the Canada Elections Act, which bars anyone from broadcasting election results ahead before all polls close. Polls close at 7 p.m. PT, or 10 p.m. ET. There was much ado about the law earlier this week as Twitter and other social media users intended to protest the law.

Interestingly, CBC Newsworld resumed a few minutes after the technical difficulties message with a news story about Tweettheresults, a web project created in protest against the premature broadcast law. Elections Canada has no power to change it, as it is merely and administrative body.

Elections Canada has said they will enforce the law based on complaints.

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grammafreddy wrote:Seems the CBC breached this law last night. Elections Canada was unhappy at them.


Which is ridiculous.
Anyone paying attention would know within seconds if they wanted to.
Archaic law is archaic.

Not saying this was a bad post or anything Jo, just discussing the point of such a stupid law in "modern times".
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twitter was abuzz with election results, some posts were blacked out, others were not. they even had a special "hashtag" for election results that someone set up. doubtful election canada will do anything
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Logitack wrote:twitter was abuzz with election results, some posts were blacked out, others were not. they even had a special "hashtag" for election results that someone set up. doubtful election canada will do anything



If Elections Canada puts near as much effort going after the “Twitter” crowd as they have tried to do with the Conservatives I would be nervous if I was one of those tweeter de dumb heads…
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