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Elections Canada releases report, official results for May 2 vote

Canada's Chief Electoral Officer has released his official report on the May 2 election, along with official voting results.

In the foreword to the report, Marc Mayrand notes that the 41st general election saw several changes to broaden accessibility, including more advance polling, the use of voter information cards for certain voters and the use of wireless technology in relaying election results on election night.

The report also outlines recommendations for future elections, and says repeats that "the Chief Electoral Officer is committed to seeking approval for a test of Internet voting in a by-election held after 2013."

Some other facts and hightlights from the report:

  • The projected cost of the election is $291 million, or about $12 for each registered voter. About half of that amount ($144.4 million) went to workers - returning officers, staff in local offices and poll officials - and to goods and services like printing costs, rent for polling sites, and furniture and equipment. Another $56.4 million is expected to be refunded to political parties and candidates for reimbursement of eligible election expenses.
  • The agency is investigating several complaints, including "premature transmission of election results on polling day by major media" and "crank calls designed to discourage voting, discourage voting for a particular party, or incorrectly advise electors of changed polling locations."
  • 18 parties ran candidates in the 2011 federal election, compared to 19 in 2008;
  • political parties were provided with a preliminary list of election day polling stations, but were told they "should not direct electors to polling sites" but rather to the Elections Canada site, because polling sites can change at the last minute. "Some political parties did not comply with this request," the report notes without identifying the parties.
  • election expense limits for each riding ranged from $69,634.73 to $134,351.77, for an average limit of $91,879.64. The average expenses limit for the 2008 election was $88,097.12.
  • Elections Canada will review a controversy over a special advance poll at the University of Guelph, held by a "well-intentioned returning officer," that "resulted in complaints."
  • a court challenge by CBC and Bell Media, owner of CTV, of the blackout rules for release of election results while polls are still open in some parts of the country will be heard in March 2012, according to the report.
  • 76 women were elected, a record. will have more on the report later. In the meantime, the full report is available below:

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