The National Post has partnered with GeoPollster to conduct a social experiment in the run-up to the upcoming Canadian federal election on May 2. Foursquare users can register their accounts with GeoPollster Canada. Each checkin will count as a “vote” for their preferred political party.
A GeoPollster Canada page on the National Post site will track the votes by province, city and venue. Each party will have an opportunity to “seize control” of each of those divisions, giving people an idea of where the party stands â€” at least amongst foursquare users.
Liberals have recently cast their votes by checking in at Starbucks in Ottawa and Toronto, while Conservatives have control of Rogers Headquarters. As for provinces, Liberals currently control British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, while Conservatives control Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Northwest Territories. Greens are firmly in control of Yukon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Users will be able to keep track of all the action on the GeoPollster Canada site and by following @geopollstercan on Twitter.
GeoPollster launched a US site last October in advance of the mid-term elections. Its results were interesting, but ultimately didn’t accurately reflect the final outcome of the elections. Foursquare’s demographic, it seems, isn’t reflective of the country as a whole, so results were somewhat skewed.
While it’s not anything close to a scientific poll, it should be interesting to see how foursquare users across Canada reflect the mood of the country as they prepare for the election.