ElecToday was voting day in British Columbia for city and municipal councils.
I really do have to think about it… have I been a good citizen and voted since I have been able? For Civic, Provincial, and Federal elections, it it age 18. I admit, I was probably one of those apathetic citizens early on. I was never big on Civics (Social Studies) class and did not really care much for politics
Voter turn out has usually been low and quite embarrassingly so at the civic level. It was quite amazing to hear how 84.59% of Scotland’s population turned out to vote at the recent referendum on whether they would remain part of the UK. There wasn’t anything as significant on any of the ballots here, but key issues included the environment, transit/transportation, crime, homelessness in the metropolitan areas.
Whatever the issue, it was good to hear that advance poll turnouts were higher than ever. And perhaps, since this election happened the same week as Remembrance Day, people felt like they had to owed it to them, to make use of the freedom that they fought so hard for, including the right to vote.
Good for you if you got out to vote today.
And if you didn’t, then you have no right to complain.
Updated Nov. 16/14: Percentage of voter turnout
- Federal election – 2 May 2011 – 61.1%
- Provincial election 14 May 2013 – 50-52%
- Civic election – 15 November 2014 – 20-51%