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A lovely time for a vote

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Rob Nicholson, Nov. 6, 2006. Yet another reason for adopting fixed date elections is that this measure will likely improve voter turnout because elections will be held in October, except when a government loses the confidence of the House.  The weather is generally favourable in most parts of the country.  Fewer people are transient. So, for example, most students will not be in transition between home and school at that time and will be able to vote.  Moreover, seniors will not be deterred from voting as they might be in colder months … The government’s bill provides that the date for the next general election is Monday, October 19, 2009.

John Baird, today. “I haven’t met anybody who wants a fall election.”