Elections Canada

Elections Canada

April 29, 2011 12:39 ET

Election Results Will Be Available Quickly

Preliminary Results From the 41st General Election Will Be Available When the Last Polls Close

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2011) - Preliminary election results will be available at www.elections.ca from 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 2. Unofficial voter turnout results will be displayed in real time throughout the night.

- Across the country, as soon as a poll closes, the deputy returning officer counts the votes and transmits results to the returning officer for that electoral district, who immediately relays them electronically to Elections Canada in Ottawa.

- Preliminary results are posted on the Elections Canada Web site when the last polls close, and sent electronically to the Media Consortium for distribution to news outlets.

- On election day, there is a ban on disseminating election results until the last polls close in all electoral districts.

- A map of the preliminary results by electoral district will be available on-line on
May 3.

- In most ridings, the validation of the preliminary results occurs on May 3 or May 4.

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