SITE IS ADMINISTERED AND SPONSORED BY MORGAN JENSEN - COPYRIGHT - 2014
There are as many reasons to vote as there are voters, but one stands out among the rest. For democracy to work as it was originally intended we must elect our representatives by as large a margin as possible, or the system just doesn't work. For true representation in City Hall we must all vote for those who we feel will speak for us as we would for ourselves. It's a matter of simple math. There are about 76,000 residents in Maple Ridge, with just over 51,000 registered voters. In the 2011 municipal election only 12,800 voters cast ballots, barely 25% of registered voters, but less than 17% of the population. The math tells us that 17% of the residents in our city are deciding who will represent us, the seven people chosen that will make up 100% of our council. *
In the 2011 federal election the voter turnout was over 61%, and, although that was a poor showing federally (it used to be 70 to 80%) it was still more than double locally.
In the 2013 provincial election the voter turnout in BC was 58%, up from 2009 when it was only 51%.
As low as those numbers seem they are still far better than 25%!
Why vote? Vote because you can. Vote because it's your right. Vote because it's your duty. Vote because, if you don't, we'll get disproportionate representation in City Hall, and that will translate into decisions and actions that may or may not be as you would have wanted.
It's simple. It's easy. It's free. It takes minutes. It is, at the same time, one of the most basic rights we have in a democracy and one of the most critical. It's one of the most powerful things you will do this year while being one of the easiest.
Here are a couple of notable quotes about voting:
"Every election is determined by the people who show up." Larry J. Sabato, Professor of Politics
"Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.”
" Democracy is not voting for your leaders; it's really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues. " Howard Rheingold
" The only difference between democracy and dictatorship is the vote "
BE EDUCATED - BE ENGAGED - BE ENCOURAGED
Vote for your Maple Ridge on Saturday, November 15, 2014
Note: This site is administered by Morgan Jensen, a candidate for council for information purposes only, it is not an official District of Maple Ridge site. Links have been provided by each candidate