We are happy to share the following message from Mike Andruff of MyVoteMatters.ca, which was established to identify issues that matter to voters and invite candidates to state their position on those issues — and to get people out to vote in the November 15 civic election in Vancouver.
“On October 27, 2014, 64.3% of eligible Torontonian voters turned up to exercise their franchise, in contrast to 34.6% of eligible Vancouverites who turned up in November of 2011. Why the apathy in Vancouver? Granted that was then, and a lot has occurred since that time.
Will the Vancouver voter turnout be different in 2014? Every voter in Vancouver has a stake in how their city is managed. The 18-35 year olds who typically shy away from the polls, need to join the process if they are to get an electoral system more responsive to their needs. New Canadians, unfamiliar to the democratic process, need to embrace it to become a part of the social fabric. All of us need to go to the polls, with family and friends, to illustrate to others in our community, that voting makes a difference in the type of governance we shape together.
An effective voter needs to show up at the polls on the right day (November 15th) regardless of work or social commitments (use the advance voting opportunities if busy on election day), he/she needs to know something about the candidates and the issues (see Candidates & Issues – MyVoteMatters.ca), and he/she needs to vote with conviction for the candidates that best represent his/her principles. Pretty basic stuff, true. But last election almost two out of three people stayed away from the polls.
Remember, good friends don’t let friends not vote. November 15th defeat the APATHY!” I have included our lawn sign picture. Lawn signs can be ordered through the website.