Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

CBA round one voting vs. First Past the Post

Round One voting is open in the Canadian Blog Awards, and runs through November 30th. Apparently you're allowed to vote once per day. After you vote, the results are displayed with the names removed so that you can see that somebody's in the lead, and how far in the lead they are, but you don't know for sure who it is. Me, I've been nominated in two categories: "Best New Blog" and "Best Blog Post," and I'll be voting for myself in one category but not the other (which one is which is left as an exercise for the reader).

I can't help but wonder what our upcoming federal election would look like if we played by the same rules. The "you may vote once each day" provision would mean that every twist and turn of the campaign would be measured in countable votes, and it would also mean that political junkies and folks with lots of time on their hands would get more kicks at the can than everybody else. The display of a running tally of winners without names attached would mean endless speculation in blogs and the editorial pages about who's in which order, and the rallying of troops for the parties who manage to deduce that they're doing less well than expected. And polling would become obsolete overnight.

I still prefer MMP, but it might be fun for a lark. :-)


Q. Pheevr said...

I will also be voting for you in one of those categories but not the other.

I don't think polling would become obsolete at all if federal elections were run like the blog awards. We'd have polls every day for the purpose of decoding the anonymous official results.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...


Hee hee hee. You're probably right.