October 26, 2010

Election Night at Rogers TV

Last night was Municipal Election Night across Ontario. For me, it meant an evening of data entry, numbers and accuracy. I was one of the team leaders in charge of collecting election results and posting them to our server.

York Region is a huge region, with 9 municipalities and Bradford West Gwillimbury (which we also account for). In all, more than 250 candidates were running for a position on a particular council.

The night was wonderful - we produced 3.5 hours of live election programming, complete with up-to-date local results, a small panel and live hits throughout the region. It was also an evening of change, not just for my municipality of Vaughan, but across the region. I won't comment publicly on those elected to councils, but admit that any change could be a good thing if properly embraced by citizens.

What I am happy about is voter turnout: it seems to have increased throughout York Region and even Toronto. I often wonder if voting should be mandatory, but question if that would increase voter apathy and ignorance. I don't know. So long as citizens educate themselves on the issues and the candidates and actually go out to cast their vote, I'm happy.

For anyone who missed The Local Results, here's a list of where each candidate stood in York Region: http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=12&rid=17&sid=3758&tid=30329

J

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