The time is drawing near — election day is just two days away.
There are 3,485,858 registered voters in B.C. (as of September, 2020).
Advanced voting started almost a week ago. Over 383,000 people voted during those days (as of Oct. 20).
Eligible voters have been casting their ballots by mail for a few weeks now, and clearly it has been viewed as the method of choice, as 724,000 requests were made for a package (though by Oct. 19, just 235,800 had been received by Elections BC).
These numbers show British Columbians are voting, despite being in the middle of a pandemic.
But, assuming all mail-in ballots will be returned to Elections BC, over 2 million voters have yet to cast their ballot.
In the next couple of days, advertisements, videos, write-ups and visits from candidates will most likely ramp up to try to grab your attention and obtain your vote.
Don’t let these cloud your judgement.
Attack ads are still going strong, and now policy is being thrown into the mix. It can be tough to make a decision — especially with five candidates in a single riding.
Each of these five candidates — Dennis Giesbrecht (BC Conservatives), Sadie Hunter (BC NDP), Thomas Martin (BC Greens), Brandon Russell (Independent) and Peter Milobar (BC Liberals) — has information available on what they’re advocating for, whether it be through social media, a website, online forums or media outlets.
The best decision you can make is an informed one. It’s a decision that, frankly, affects the next four years of your life — for good and bad.
Whatever decision you make, the most important thing is that we take part in our constitutionally-promised, democratic act of voting.
Especially with the proverb, “can’t complain if you don’t vote.”
On election day, Saturday, Oct. 24, get up early, grab a coffee, get in some last-minute reading, and cast your vote.