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Saturday, January 21, 2006

GOTV - every last vote counts 
(en francais)

This example from an election manual has always stood out in my mind. It is very relevant in an election such as we are facing now.

GOTV Can Make the Difference – an Example

Imagine a Canada without Pierre Trudeau!

That’s what a well run GOTV could have done. In his second election in
1972, Trudeau won a minority, defeating Robert Stanfield’s PCs by only
two seats – 109 to 107.

Some of those seats were very close. In the riding of Meadow Lake in
Saskatchewan, the NDP only beat the PCs by 23 votes. There must have
been 24 more PC supporters out there who didn’t vote. That would have
given the PCs 108 seats.

In a riding of Ontario, the Liberal candidate beat the PC candidate by four
votes. A better PC GOTV effort would have made the difference. If five
more PC supporters had voted, Trudeau would have lost.

The fate of the country was decided by 27 voters in these two ridings!

There were also two other ridings that the PCs barely lost:
· Selkirk in Manitoba, by 30 votes, and
· Okanagan-Kootenay in British Columbia, by 158 votes.

This shows how GOTV efforts can matter.


On Monday do everything you possible can in your individual ridings. Vote, if you already haven't. Call your family and friends. Encourage them to vote, help them get out to vote. The battle is not over until the poll closes. EVERY VOTE COUNTS

Don't be one of the 27!

From the Shotgun: In the final stretch

Paul Synnott at 12:38 AM    | en francais | Go to Top|


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