Canada Election 2011: Is It Illegal To Post Results on Facebook?
Is It Illegal To Post Canada Election 2011 Results on Twitter and Facebook? Strangely Enough, It Might Be
Canadian politicians seem to have spent half of the 2011 federal election online, constantly campaigning on Facebook and Twitter.
But come Election Day 2011, Twitter is a no-go, according to Elections Canada.
Is It Illegal To Post Canada Election 2011 Results on Twitter and Facebook?
It may sound insane, but technically Canadians are not allowed to post early Canada election results on Facebook or Twitter.
According to Elections Canada, posting early election results is a violation of Section 329 of the Elections Act which states: "No person shall transmit the result or purported result of the vote in an electoral district to the public in another electoral district before the close of all of the polling stations in that other electoral district."
In theory, people can be fined up to $25,000 or face up to five years in prison if they tweet, say, election results from an eastern province Newfoundland before the polls close in a western province like British Columbia.
Elections Canada says they will be monitoring social media sites to watch for the release of early election results. In reality, it's hard to see how they can possibly enforce a law that seems hopelessly antiquated.
That being said, it's probably best to avoid posting Canadian election results on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to tell your friends about the election, it's best to do so by email or text message, which is allowed.