As part of VoteLocal’s most recent survey of Metro Vancouver civic election candidates, we asked if local residents have been engaged and interested in talking about the election, and what that might tell us about potential voter turnout on October 20th. While some candidates report a high degree of public engagement in the campaign,others express concern about voter confusion and apathy.
Among the 121 candidates who responded to VoteLocal’s latest survey, when asked “How engaged is your community in discussions about issues in the civic election,”74 percent said residents were “very” or “somewhat” engaged, while 31 percent said “not very” or “not at all” engaged. We’ll take that as a reason to be optimistic about voter turnout.
Here are some opinions on what’s driving voter interest, from candidates who say their local community is either somewhat engaged or very engaged in the campaign:
And on the flip side, some candidates told us there’s a low level of engagement in their communities, and offered reasons to be concerned about voter turnout:
Many observers doubt that we’ll see voter turnout exceed the numbers seen in the last civic election, however early indications suggest advance voting turnout has been higher than in 2014.
At every level of government, voter apathy and lack of engagement in our democratic processes is a real concern. It’s heartening,though, that so many of our local citizens have stepped up to run for public office in this civic election. Campaigning is hard work at the best of times…never mind the big job that’s in store for the winning candidates who become Mayors and Councillors for the next four-year term.
To everyone running for civic office in Metro Vancouver and throughout B.C., we salute you!
According to the latest VoteLocal survey, residents’ top priorities remain unchanged – the economy and COVID-19 – with recent campaign controversies making little impact on voters’ decisions.
According to the latest VoteLocal survey of British Columbians, the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about the economy top the list of issues shaping voters’ decisions in the October 24th provincial election.