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Voting Early is Not a Sign of Electoral Health

November 18, 2011

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During the last Canadian federal election campaign, there was considerable speculation about the large increase in turnout at the advance polls. At the time I speculated that the media and other commentators were wrong in suggesting the increase was a product of the campaign (e.g. greater interest). I thought I would revise the issue and see if we […]

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In the end a narrow loss for HST in B.C. referendum

August 26, 2011

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Question: do we celebrate the referendum results in BC as a victory for democracy? As the ultimate in public consultation the referendum was a decisive public expression. Or was it? And, how decisive and meaningful are these votes. Stepping back. The referendum was the result of an organized campaign that resulted from the surprise announcement after the […]

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Voting in Advanced Polls… Scepticism about its Meaning

April 27, 2011

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The dramatic (35% increase over the last election) in the number of voters who cast their ballots at the advanced polls plays very well into a story about how the election has energized the public and engaged them in our democracy. While this could account for a small proportion of the increase, a caution is […]

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