Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Alex Kozak has filed a request for an advisory opinion to find out about:
1) When do elections end, and when can candidates withdraw in that context?
2) If candidates drop in the middle of tabulation, does the vote count algorithm start over?
3) Can signatories drop their candidates?
In the past, the answers to these questions have been "At tabulation, can't withdraw afterwards," "No, the algorithm doesn't restart," and "Yes." But the first two traditions do seem rather odd.
If the elections end tomorrow, in the sense that nobody can drop after them, then the advisory opinion won't make it in time for folks to know. Parties may want to consider doing the drops now, while they have a chance.
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