Don’t forfeit your vote



Why vote? When you don’t vote you hand your vote to someone else who is voting. How can that be? If the vote is very close, you and a few other people could have changed the result. There have been elections in which a government has fallen because of one vote.

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In 2014:

• Directors from Areas A and B were elected by acclamation.

• Roberts Creek voter turnout was 43 per cent (the director won 61 per cent of those voting – but only 26 per cent of the total possible voters).

• Elphinstone voter turnout was 38 per cent (the director won 45 per cent of those voting – but only 17 per cent of the total possible voters).

• West Howe Sound voter turnout was 33 per cent (the director won 61.5 per cent of those voting – but only 20 per cent of the total possible voters).

Those who didn’t care to vote handed a great many votes to the few who did! “Not to decide is to decide.”

None of this is intended as a criticism of the directors. They may have wished more people exercised their right to vote.

Clint Budd, Elphinstone

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