Cast a weighty vote on November 16th

Make your ballot count for more by voting only for candidates you support

The November 16th municipal elections are an opportunity for British Columbians to send a message to Gordon Campbell and the MLAs in their communities by voting only for candidates who are committed to fighting the provincial government’s reckless agenda that is hurting health care, families and communities.

Although all elections are important, it is in civic elections where individual votes carry a lot of weight — simply because there are fewer voters casting ballots.

And because voter turnout is traditionally very low in civic elections — sometimes it only hits an average of 25 per cent — your vote may be more meaningful than you think.

By only voting for candidates you support, and leaving out those you are not so sure about, you can actually give your vote even more weight. This is called “plumping” the vote. It’s an option you may wish to consider.

How does this work? Many voters do not realize that they do not have to vote for the full slate of council, school board or parks board positions on the ballot. Your ballot is valid as long as you do not exceed the number of positions to be elected.

For instance, if six council members are to be elected, but you only support two of them, your ballot is valid if you only vote for the two that you want to win.

HEU’s Provincial Executive urges everyone to get out and cast their ballots on November 16th for the candidates that support strong public services, including health care.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. If you are not registered you can still vote if you bring two pieces of identification with you to the polling station.