Tweeting Election Results Early May Lead to Trouble for Canadians
Using social media to tweet election results before polls close next month may be a bad idea. Potentially resulting in a $25,000 fine and up to five years in prison, posts may come under the Canada Elections Act which mandates there be no premature election announcements.
Elections Canada, a non-partisan agency that administers Canada’s federal elections, says it will enforce the 73 year old law. The law specifically states that it is illegal to announce or send messages about election results until polls are closed.
According to Mashable, Section 329 of the Canada Elections Act 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.”
Originally enacted in 1938, the law was made to prevent radio stations from prematurely transmitting election results, which could potentially influence voter behaviour in Western Canada because of time zone differences. Elections Canada says that social media messages announce publically could be seen as breaking the act.
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Elections Canada doesn’t really have a choice. Its administration of the federal election means it has to follow law. The agency says it does not plan to monitor Twitter streams, but if it receives complaints, the Elections Canada Commissioner will have to investigate them.
As the Internet develops new technologies, it’s interesting to see how people interpret them. Seeing social media as influential communication, Elections Canada can’t ignore posts. It’s up to legislators to change laws to fit the current society.
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.