Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Locking out the Senators

I'm not a fan of the Senate but I'm even less of a fan of an elected Senate. So I'm glad to see that Martin won't cave and dignify the senate "election" which will accompany the provincial vote on Monday. Millions of dollars are being wasted on this vote and I fully intend to spoil my ballot with a few clever write-in candidates.

So I'm asking for feedback. Who should Bart vote for? Pierre Trudeau? Nikita Khrushchev? Don Cherry? Post your best choices in the comments slot or e-mail them to me.


  • Dar Heatherington!!!

    By Blogger DJC, at 4:41 AM  

  • Has it been too long since you voted? There's no space for writing stuff in - it's all black space with white circles beside the candidates' names. There might be a lot of spoiled senate ballots, but why reduce your protest to having your ballot measured equally with people who find the operation of a pencil too complicated?

    Refuse your ballot. Take your senate ballot, tell the poll clerk you don't want it, they may be confused and have to speak to the DRO, but ultimately, your blank ballot is dropped into a box of refused ballots, and are counted as such at the end of the day and on the official record of the election. Enough refused ballots, and this should be the last Senate election until there's acually a reformed Senate.

    If you'd like to know more about the ballot refusal process (though there really isn't more) call Elections Alberta at 1-877 422-8683.

    You know, this would make a good blog post!

    By Blogger Don, at 1:53 PM  

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    By Blogger vicious gnus, at 11:38 PM  

  • I think you are quite right. The only joke worse than the "senator-in-waiting" election is the low-talent pool of candidates. Moreover, not one of the candidates is mounting anything that even loosely resembles a campaign, so almost everyone is forced to vote blind (not that I plan to fill in that part of the ballot).

    Martin should immediately appoint Mel Hurtig, Joe Clark and Preston Manning. Seriously.

    By Blogger vicious gnus, at 11:43 PM  

  • Whoa.

    I had to post this here. Not totally on-topic, but I need it where you can see it.

    Here's a new Ipsos-Reid/CTV poll (Nov. 12-17):

    Conservatives - 44%
    Alberta Liberals - 29%
    Alberta NDP - 12%
    Alberta Alliance - 9%
    Alberta Greens - 4%

    (Of decided voters)

    Wow, that's a BIG drop for Klein. Of course, if he snatches up all the undecided vote, then we're back to square one, but how likely is that?

    This has really brightened up my evening.

    By Blogger Jim, at 11:51 PM  

  • You're right Don - I forgot about the blacked out ballots. I think I will refuse my ballot then; I didn't even know that was an option.

    Jung Sucks: Thanks for posting those numbers. The Herald poll numbers really had me worried this morning but the Ipsos ones are right where I expected them to be.

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