Don’t forfeit your vote

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Editor:

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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