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Monday, September 15, 2014
With municipal elections just around the corner, what needs to be done to get people to vote?
Should there be fines for not voting? On the other hand should there be incentives for voting such as a tax credit receipt. Some say yes, but only if 'none of the above' is on the ballot. In light of this discussion on the media recently local resident Sue Cook answers the Province Newspaper's E-Street question.
This is a difficult question to answer as it really depends on how big the municipality is. If it is smaller community, the old fashioned knocking on door routine could work well. Public contact is really important. Larger municipalities becomes a problem and usually money is a major factor. The present Mayor and Council usually have a much larger financial pool to draw from (usually anyone or any organization that wants something “special” from City Hall. I think that NO money should come from ANY special interest groups whether they be unions, developers, ethnic voters or special interest groups, nor should City Hall be used ever for present candidates such as newspaper ads etc. Candidates should raise their own money and there should be a limit to how much they spend. City of North Vancouver has an interesting situation as the Mayor is being challenged by a person called Kerry Morris who is independently wealthy and can afford to put regular ads in the North Shore News. He also is the only municipal candidate that I can think of who has his campaign office all set up at the bottom of Lonsdale. Too bad all candidates cannot do the same.