I'm taking a break from virtual travel for something more timely, elections, though I wonder if it's nice to bring this up, what with our friends to the south in such a pickle. On the other hand, what better time.
Canadian federal elections are managed at the federal level by Elections Canada, which was established 100 years ago and is the longest-standing independent electoral commission in the world. Provinces structure their elections in the same way. British Columbia, for example, has the similarly non partisan Elections BC.
Like the US, BC just held an election (ours short and civil though) and like the US the final numbers are still not in. It has been almost two weeks. But that's built into the design as the final count does not begin until 13 days after election day. So we're all pretty chill about it. Admittedly, a BC election lacks the gravity of the election down south. Premier Horgan isn't a narcissistic sociopath with a finger on the button that can set off a On The Beach-like end of the world. So unless you're hoping for a change to the recently-enacted BC property-speculation tax, which I happen to approve, you're probably not so concerned about the outcome.
A few fun facts about elections in Canada:
- The Chief Electoral Officer is the only Canadian citizen over the age of 18 who is not allowed to vote in federal elections. Otherwise, all Canadians, regardless of where they live, can vote. Even people convicted of serious crimes can vote.
- Election districts are drawn by an independent commission.
- You can register to vote when you go to vote. Of course there are many ways to register in advance, such as by checking a box on your tax return.
- You do need an ID to vote.
- Canada is the world's second-largest country in terms of size and some areas are hard to reach. Elections Canada has been known to deliver voting supplies by parachute or dogsled though nowadays they mostly use trucks and planes.