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Does anyone remember the old days when voters went to the poll to cast their ballot based on the hands shaken and babies kissed by the candidates and the limited and sometimes (mostly) selective information that was published or broadcast by news agencies? It seems like a long time ago but in reality it has been less than 10 years.
It started in 2006, expanded with the US election in 2008 and has been gaining steam since…to the point where more people will get their information on the upcoming election from social media than from almost any other place.
The new social media way of campaigning is a way for the parties and candidates to get in touch with everyone. Or at least anyone who is interested. The cost of the travel involved by candidates in rural or the territories is astronomical compared to their urban counterpart. In the NWT for example, the cost of candidates to travel to visit constituents in Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok, Paulatuk, Deline, Colville Lake or even Inuvik or Hay River is an expensive venture costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
During the 5 week span of the election, candidates barely scratch the surface as far as meeting their constituents. People not at home, people not wanting to talk to candidates make it difficult and a waste of limited time. This is where Social Media can help.
Most, if not all, candidates for Election 41 have a Facebook page or a Twitter account, if not both. The Political parties all have Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube accounts to help keep everyone in the know. The leaders of the parties all have the same so you can find out everything you need to know.
In addition to the social media sites, RSS feeds from the party sites, news agencies and bloggers, anything you want or need to know in order to make an informed decision in this election has never been easier. You have the right to vote so it is up to you to exercise that right and vote.
I have many friends on Facebook from various games that I play and it is funny to read all the things that they write or post about politics in the USA. It doesn’t seem to matter when or where but a lot of people are very passionate about their politics.
I have just as many if not more friends from Canada and until an election is called, you very rarely see anyone talk about or post about Canadian politics.
I have barely talked about politics since the last election yet in the last 2 days I have had 2 face to face discussion and 1 twitter discussion on the election and the various parties.
So, for the next 5 weeks the discussions will heat up, the mud will be slinging, the promises will be made and the votes will be bought and I will be voicing my opinions.