Houston, we have a problem: hardly anyone votes in Surrey
I tweeted out some stark reminders of Surrey’s last election today:
Population of Surrey: approx. 472,000, estimated to grow by about a 1000 every month
Number of registered voters : 279,051 as per the last election in 2011
Number of ballots cast: 70,253
Number of years all residents had to live with the future dictated by such a small number of Surrey residents? 3
Source: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/Library/Elections/BC_Voter_Turnout%20–%20Elections%20BC%20–2011.pdf ( includes data for all cities etc in BC)
It’s pretty sad that with nearly a half a million people, it all comes down to a measly 70 thousand who are calling the shots. Seriously? With all this call for change and recognition of issues that have never been adequately resolved, is this the best we can do? That’s like standing in crowded room full of people… and only the single person over in the corner voted.
There are several options for mayor again this year and many very serious new contenders for council. There simply is no acceptable excuse for not voting. None.
Your vote really does matter. It helps determine not just the economic direction of the city,but also the quality of life for all those who live here – for many people, this is the most important factor in our day to day lives. Can we live safely here? Can we commute by transit? Will our small businesses thrive here?
Ask questions, take a few minutes to see what the candidates are all about, and their records in the community. One of our local Newton residents has issued a #newtonvotes challenge to Newton residents to talk to and remind 10 other friends and neighbours to register and vote! Great idea- imagine if each of us take this challenge on all across Surrey?
This year, make your voice count where you hold the most power. Please register to vote in this years election, and take part in determining the future of the where this city goes in the next 4 years.
It’s really easy to register – here is how you do it:
More information can be found at the following link: http://www.surrey.ca/election2014/how-to-vote/register-to-vote.aspx
Make your voice matter regardless of where you live. Surrey is not the only city suffering from voter malaise and it’s time to cure that. Here is everything you need to know across BC, on how to register and vote in your municipality!!
Vote in this years election. Make it count.