Twitter Users Flaunt Canadian Law Against Tweeting Election Results

Last night’s Canadian election results were supposed to remain hush-hush until all of the polls had closed, according to a dated law in Canada’s Elections Act – but that didn’t stop hundreds of Twitter users from tweeting the results ahead of the poll closures, potentially risking a $2,500 fine each.

Elections Canada had been under pressure this election season to reevaluate a 1938 law that prohibits any media outlet or individual from broadcasting Canadian election results prior to the closing of the last poll in the country. As Canada has 6 timezones, the polls don’t close until after 9pm Pacific time – a full three hours after they close in the East.