Elections, and more elections

March 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm (News, Politics) (, , , , , , )

We haven’t had to vote for all of nine months, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to blog my little heart out about elections.

  • Vladimir Putin has claimed victory in Russia’s presidential vote yesterday – no surprise there. But election monitors have alleged fraud gave him the advantage – also not a major shocker. Putin will serve another six years as president, despite a growing shift of support away from the long-time leader.
  • Here in Cornwall, a former mayoral candidate has complained about election issues of a different kind. Mark MacDonald, who ran unsuccessfully against Bob Kilger in 2010, has claimed returning officer and city clerk Denise Labelle-Gelinas was also a member of Kilger’s reelection campaign. She has denied the allegations.
  • Tomorrow will be a big day for those vying for the Republican nomination. It’s Super Tuesday, when nine states will cast votes for their pick for president. In the running are: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney.
  • The scandal surrounding robocalls in last May’s federal election continues to unfold. Some good news has emerged though: many ridings hit with the irritating phone messages actually ended up with higher voter turnout than many of their neighbours. Residents angry over the allegations that the calls sent voters to the wrong polling stations took to Parliament Hill in a protest today, while a backbench Tory MP has shifted the blame to Elections Canada.
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