Monday, October 6, 2008


Today I voted in an advance poll as I am not going to be home on election day.  As I was waiting to cast my vote, I was reminded of something I read in a recent biography of John A. MacDonald how voting by secret ballot was not always how Canadian elections were held.  I am not sure when it changed, but in the 19th century, the "manly" way to vote was to stand and shout out the name of your preferred candidate.

Of course, this led to some rather heated and less than civil elections. 

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