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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 04:18 PM   #1
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Yes, I "declined" my vote (picture)

I'll give my reasons after. First, any comments?
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 04:26 PM   #2
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Believe it or not, this is on the Elections Canada FAQ

To prove a point?
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 04:32 PM   #3
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That's quite witty. Did you think it up on the fly, or did you figure it out before hand (knowing how many candidates there were)?

Unfortunate that you found your choices to be that bad, but democracy doesn't mean forcing people to choose options they don't want.
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 05:03 PM   #4
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I didn't know there would be 7 candidates. It just worked out. But I did plan the whole thing out (prep'ing the camera, for instance.) I had a black marker ready, but didn't need it, obviously.

Notice the riding?
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 05:14 PM   #5
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Could have been worse, could have been Fry/Robinson. Although maybe the other candidates were impressive in that case.
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 07:37 PM   #6
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We had only four parties running candidates in my riding (St. John's East). I heard (urban legend?) that someone wrote in over the candidates name "Eenie, Meenie, Minee and Moe".............and then put an "X" for Moe.
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 09:46 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Canada Elections Act
167. (2) No person shall wilfully

(a) alter, deface or destroy a ballot or the initials of the deputy returning officer signed on a ballot;
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To impair the usefulness, value, or influence of.
Congratulations. You just admitted to committing a crime under the Canada Elections Act.
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Old Jan 27th, 2006, 11:38 PM   #8
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Congratulations. You just admitted to committing a crime under the Canada Elections Act.
you are misreading the act
that ballot would have been merely judged as "rejected" by poll clerk, deputy returning officer and any scrutiner that would have been present

creating a rejected ballot is not defacing it or otherwise

at my polling station we actually had 3 rejected ballots
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Old Jan 28th, 2006, 02:26 PM   #9
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The I'm all for amending the act to make it unlawful to willfully cause a ballot to become spoiled.
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Old Jan 28th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #10
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The I'm all for amending the act to make it unlawful to willfully cause a ballot to become spoiled.
Why?

For me, someone has put the time in to show up. Their expression, in so far as it doesn't interfere with others' expression, is valid.

I am 100% behind a 'none of the above' option so that people wouldn't need to be creative to voice displeasure, and so parties could measure the 'willing to vote...hate you all' base.

Right now, from what I understand (limited) it's lumped in with the 'too dumb to mark an X' base.
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