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04 January 2007 @ 03:50 pm
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Hey Kids:

So it looks like there will probably be an election sometime in 2007 (no surprise there, really), which means that there's a good chance that I'll be out of the country come election time (I'm in France until October). As such, I need to register for a postal ballot.

Here's the question though:  there are two ridings in which I can legitimately register myself for voting purposes: Willowdale and Trinity-Spadina.  The former is currently represented by Jim Peterson, with the Tories (as represented for the past two elections by Jovan Boseovski) always finishing in a distant, but not impossibly so, second.  The latter is represented, after a very close election, by Olivia Chow, with the Tories in a no-hope position, lucky to keep ahead of the Greens for third.

So that's what it comes down to.  Register in a riding where my vote can help a longshot Tory win - and increasing the odds of a Tory majority, or in a riding where my vote can more likely help keep the Liberals out of a seat, potentially helping ensure a Tory gov't if it's a squeeker.

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P-Lyddie: Tinkerbellvolchossa on January 4th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Which is your permanent address? If Elections Canada knows that you are in both, they will send you to that one. (If you aren't sure, I can get that checked for you). If they don't, then I say go for Willowdale.
Nathaniel BenAngeloangel_thane on January 4th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
They're both legitimate given Elections Canada rules and my present situation (my current permanent address is France).

I'm leaning towards Willowdale, but I'm wondering if a better chance at keeping the Grits out is worth more than a longshot at getting us in. (if we win Willowdale, it means we're in majority territory)
P-Lyddie: Kelly - (liopango)volchossa on January 4th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
aaaah, okay okay it makes sense now. I've been out of the office on vacation and am so not used to the political world right now.

But in the past 2 elections, for example, 13 ridings were decided by less than 100 votes. So you never know.