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Election Results Will Be Available Quickly

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

OTTAWA, Friday, April 29, 2011

  • Preliminary election results will be available at 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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