EDITORIAL: Let the voting process begin

Record's 'Options' election supplement has reader-driven Q&A with candidates

Electors’ first opportunities to vote in this fall’s municipal races in the Comox Valley are coming up soon.

Advance polls are taking place Nov. 5 and 12 at the Comox Valley Regional District boardroom (550B Comox Road, Courtenay); Courtenay  City Hall (830 Cliffe Avenue), and; Comox Recreation Centre, (1855 Noel Avenue).

Normally, the advance polls are used by folks who wish to vote but will find themselves away from their community on general election day.

But there’s nothing stopping anyone — even if they will be around home on general election day Nov. 15 — from taking advantage of those early voting times.

This negates at least one argument against not voting this year. If people are worried about having the time to vote — or would just rather spend their Saturday with their families, for instance – they can try an advance poll on for size.

So, if a lack of time or bad timing is someone’s excuse for not voting, there are a couple of alternatives to help wipe that away.

Another typical argument is a lack of knowledge, of the candidates, and/or the issues.

We have helped in that regard, with our Options supplement, in today’s Comox Valley Record.

Our Q&A helps to inform voters of where their prospective representatives stand on issues that you, the readers, feel are important, because you, the readers, supplied the questions.

There is also contact information supplied for each and every candidate, to further help you with your selections.

Many candidates have websites and/or Facebook pages, to give you even more insight as to their respective visions for the future of your electoral district.

The argument that “an uneducated vote is worse than no vote at all” really doesn’t fly anymore.

The information is out there, on so many different platforms, that the only way to be uneducated is by choice. And if that is your choice, then you’ve likely already stopped reading.

We have done our part to help ease the process for you.

Now it’s time for you to do your part.

 

–TF

 

 

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