EDITORIAL: Every vote will matter

Speak up and vote on Saturday. Every stroke of the ballot counts as your voice in your community.

Every vote matters this Saturday, Nov. 15, as the Alberni Valley and other communities in British Columbia elect their new municipal governments.

This particular campaign more than any others in the last decade has seen high levels of public participation—both from the number of people who put their names out there to run for office, and those who were vocal on social media and at the all candidates’ meetings.

More people than ever have taken an interest in local politics, and the process that goes into decisions that affect their lives and livelihoods.

Already at advance polls we have seen double the amount of turnout, indicating a great many people are interested and invested in this election.

For those who aren’t sure, are sitting on the fence or who have decided their votes can’t possibly matter, we say this: your opinion matters. There are many resources available to educate yourself on what candidates are standing for. Please use them.

It is important to get out and vote. Take part in our country’s democratic process, and have a say at the municipal level.

Don’t be afraid that the ‘wrong’ people will get voted in: if the candidates you voted for are not elected, your voice does not have to be silenced. Speak up. Speak up on issues that matter to you; hold the elected council accountable for the decisions it makes, or the decisions it should have made but didn’t.

Every voice matters. Every vote matters. Exercise your right and be heard.

— Alberni Valley News