In my electoral riding a candidate who had been dismissed from the party just prior to the election still received 8,500+ votes, putting her in 3rd place, ahead of the Green candidate. Apparently her dismissal happened after the ballots had been printed so her name couldn’t be removed, but seriously, did over 8,000 people in my community really not hear about her disgrace? Or did they favour her party so strongly that they were willing to waste their votes? Good gawd, she was removed for making homophobic comments! Would my neighbours vote for someone like that no matter which party she ran for? And it was a close race for the top 2 candidates. Those 8,000 votes placed elsewhere could have changed the outcome of this riding.
Perhaps I’m especially cranky that this could happen because my favourite candidate (and party) wasn’t elected, but still, there’s something wrong with this scenario. And which is the worst explanation for this hiccup – ignorance or defiance? Sigh.