Voter apathy in regional district overwhelming

Only 19 per cent turnout in Area C

Dear editor,

The voter turn out in the Comox Valley Regional District election was worse than estimated.  Only 27 per cent voted. The turnout was lowest in Area C, where 81 per cent of the voters stayed home. Area B was not much better, 73 per cent stayed home. Eighty-one per cent did not vote in Area C! How can any director have any mandate with such a disconnect from voters.

Are CVRD directors disconnected from their constituents? No contact from the Area B  director for years and 81 per cent non-voter turnout in Area C seems to indicate a  huge disconnect.

Wondering – who writes the job description for CVRD directors? Surely it should include some sort of effort to stay in touch with constituents. The Area’s B and C directors justified the $67 million dollar reserve fund on their website. What do constituents think about this?  It’s their money. What about the planning budget which seems out of line with other RDs and municipalities. Did directors consult constituents before approving the budget? Do they do their homework?

There is need for change. Eighty-one percent of voters staying home in Area C sends a huge signal for change.

Phil Harrison

Area B