MSNBC reports a study to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that, on average, your chance of dying in a car crash rises 18% on election day. Conducted by Canadian researchers, the study looked at presidential election days from Jimmy Carter's 1976 win through Bush/Kerry 2004 and discovered that an average of 24 more car-accident deaths were reported on those days than on other October and November Tuesdays. So is it solid science or just a socialist Canadian ploy to get us to abandon democracy? Roy Lucke, senior scientist at Northwestern's Center for Public Safety, says "This is one of the most off-the-wall things I've ever read, but the science is good." The researchers behind the study cite causes for the mortality rise to people rushing to get to polling places with which they may not be familiar, often in the dark before or after work. The moral? Get out and vote, but do it during daylight hours and make sure you're driving a huge SUV so you're protected. [MSNBC]