Tomorrow is municipal election day in BC and if you are an eligible voter and haven’t yet voted in an advanced poll, then get out there and vote!
A lot of people don’t pay attention to municipal politics, but the municipal government deals with a lot of the things that affect our daily lives: roads, recreation facilities and community centres, development permits, parks, libraries, schools, policing, fire fighting, garbage pickup, and recycling, just to name a few. In my city, New Westminster, the city even runs its own electrical utility! The city can also advocate for things that are important to its residents, but that aren’t wholly within their jurisdiction and/or collaborate with other municipalities and/or other levels of government for projects that require them to work together – thinks like public transit and the much needed Patullo Bridge replacement.
I consider myself lucky that I live in a vibrant city with a real community feel, where the mayor, council, and school board all work hard to make it that way and to keep making improvements where we still have work to do (things like reconciliation with indigenous people, and more inclusive and meaningful engagement with the public).
Since I’m currently over in the UK on holidays, I voted in an advanced poll and based on my Twitter feed, it seems like a lot of other people did too. But tomorrow is e-day, so if you haven’t voted yet, get out there and do it!
Due to the 8 hour time zone difference, I’m probably going to go to sleep tomorrow night before the election results are in. But I’ll be checking those results first thing when I get up on the 21st!
It’s municipal election time here in BC (as it is in some other places in the country) and while election day isn’t until Oct 20, I’m going to be in the far away land of Scotland on some well-earned holidays on that day1, so I exercised my right to vote today at the advanced poll. I got to cast my vote for mayor, city council, and school board – and I’m happy to say that there are some pretty great people running for these positions, so I happily voted for some incumbents who I think have been doing a great job running our city, and some fresh faces that I think have a lot to offer.
They say that the third time’s the charm, right? This means you must vote for me long time and much repeatedly. Well, except for the fact that rules say you can only vote once. But you should vote for me once and then tell everyone else you know to vote for more. Because you don’t want to make a liar out of They, do you?
Update: Please make sure you read the instructions on Cath’s blog posting! In particular, you must vote for three DIFFERENT comments in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. If you try to vote for any one comment in more than one place, it gets disregarded!
And this morning before work, I went to the polls and did the most important thing of all: I voted!
I love to vote first thing in the morning on election day, because there are never any lineups2. I didn’t vote in the advance polls because, like my friend Cath, I wanted to keep an eye on what the polls said right up until today, as my strategy was to vote tactically.
Also, it just wouldn’t be an election without me destroying a Conservative party brochure – see here and here and here and here for past iterations:
I have to say, I look mighty pleased with myself in that video.
And now I’m settling in for a night of election result watching!
Update (2 May 2011 – 10:49 p.m.) – This is entirely depressing. Contrary to the perception I had that everyone was *so engaged* in this election3, voter turnover was abysmal, with only ~55% of eligible voters showing up to vote. Thanks for nothing, 45% of Canadians who could have voted and didn’t.
I hear that there are usually big lineups later in the day, as most people tend to go after work instead. [↩]
A perception that came in part because that’s what the media was portraying and in part, I’m thinking, because I happen to hang around with (and follow on Twitter), the type of people who actually engage – clearly not a representative sample of Canadians [↩]