Voting should be mandatory

B.C. residents need no longer complain that politicians are doing a half-assed job when the electorate demonstrate a half-assed interest.

To the Editor,

With 50 per cent (or less!) provincial voter turnout, people of B.C so-inclined need no longer complain that politicians are doing a half-assed job when their bosses (the electorate) demonstrate a half-assed interest in the hiring process (voting).

Shame on those who failed to exercise a democratic right that people in war-torn places risk their lives for and Canadians have fought and died for, leaving the work of maintaining it to the rest of us.

If there were ever a case for mandatory voting, this would be it.

Which begs the question: When only half (or less) of registered voters cast a ballot, can a government have an honest mandate or is it a sham?

Sure seems like the latter.

Liz Stonard,

Port Albern