It's funny, but not in a ha ha way, that the less say people have in an election, the more likely they are to vote.
More people turn out for federal elections, for example, than provincial. But provincial governments make more decisions that impact us directly, since they control key areas like health care and education. That's not to say your vote doesn't count in Ottawa, but federal politics touch our lives in a more distant way.
Even closer to home than provincial politics, though, are civic politics: city council and school board.
These elections attract far fewer people, since many feel they're not as important as the big ones that get most of the attention.
While zoning bylaws and potholes aren't earth-shattering issues, they're really important if they affect your neighbourhood.
Turn on the nightly news or pick up a newspaper, and you're bound to learn about people who said they "didn't know" the city was going to do something, whether it involves opening a homeless shelter, widening a road or rezoning a vacant piece of land for a housing development.
Suddenly, local government matters.
Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 26), Coquitlam residents have a chance to choose two new councillors in a byelection, after former councillors Selina Robinson and Linda Reimer left to serve as MLAs in Victoria.
Eleven people are running for those two seats, and since civic byelections have the lowest voter turnout of all - usually in the five-per-cent range - each vote counts for far more than it would in any other kind of election.
So click on this link to read our profiles of the candidates: http://www.thenownews.com/news/meet-the-byelection-candidates-1.668394
Then visit their websites to learn more.
Make your pick and vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Details about where to vote and who's eligible are available on the city's website, at www.coquitlam.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/elections.aspx
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