Election 2015 Tech Watch: Voting day edition

Website glitches, free Uber rides, and Twitter rants – oh my! As Canadians head to the polls, we’re doing one last update on our Tech Watch feature for Canada’s 42nd general election.

Elections Canada website recovers from morning glitch

Some people reported receiving a 404 error when trying to visit the ElectionsCanada.ca website. Since the site is an authority on where you can cast your ballot, seeing it offline on election day was bad news.

A short time later, the website appeared to be back online and Elections Canada reported the issue had been resolved. If you need to look up where your polling station is, go ahead. Also, if you encounter any problems at your stations, report them on Twitter using #pollwatch.

Free rides to the polls

If you feel like riding public transportation to your poll is a bother and don’t feel like walking, Uber is offering free rides to new Uber users. (Sorry, if you’re already using Uber there’s no free ride on offer.)

If Uber operates in your city, you can sign up with the code “CanadaVOTES” to get a lift – up to $15 each way – and Uber has even added some patriotic flavour to its app, draping its cars with tiny Canadian flags.

Resignation by tweet

If you’re scouring Twitter to find out what politicians are saying on Election Day, don’t miss this tweet storm from political columnist Andrew Coyne. He announced his resignation from his position as the editorial page editor at the National Post in a 15-part series of numbered tweets.

After having his column, which advocated a vote for the NDP in today’s election, pulled by the publisher (who endorsed the Conservatives), Coyne felt it appropriate to resign in order to preserve his editorial freedom as a columnist.

But don’t spend too much time on Twitter. Remember to cast your ballot today before the polls close – with working websites and a free ride to the polls, you don’t have any excuse to miss out.

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