is back for the 2014 Civic Election Port Moody Port Coquitlam Coquitlam

A little over a month remains before we all head to the polls to choose our civic representatives on Saturday, November 15th. If you go to any event throughout the Tri-Cities over the next month, you will probably see more candidates hanging around than regular citizens. This election cycle is different in that civic terms have been stretched to four years instead of the previous three. So the door knocking is going to be coming hot and heavy.

The beauty and the problem of civic elections is there are so many people running for so many spots. Federal or provincial, you’ve got one X to make on a ballot. Pretty easy to remember. In a civic, there’s the mayor’s race, the council races with multiple candidates, and a hotly contested school board race. It’s a lot of names to remember, which may be a part of why over 75% of us are too lazy to turn out. If only there were a way to check out all the candidates in one place, and a tool to remember who you’re going to vote for…

Back for the 2014 election, we’re teaming up with the folks at Dazil Internet Services to bring you

Here’s how it works. We’ll have profiles for every candidate in Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Anmore, and Belcarra. As you decide who you are going to vote for, you can make a cheat sheet that you can print and take to the polls with you. You can even do it on your smartphone. The site works locally on your computer or phone, so your choices are completely private, we don’t get that data back.

In 2011, over 1900 cheat sheets were created in the days leading up to the election. The response was fantastic, and I hope we can reach more people this year, and get more people out to vote. As I’ve said before, civic government is the government that affects your daily life and living environment the most. Yet it consistently has the lowest voter turnout. With the Tri-Cities about to be transformed by the Evergreen Line, it’s more important than ever that your voice is heard. No matter what side of the political spectrum you come from, please make plans to get out and vote on November 15th or one of the advance polls. Our future, and let’s face it your future property tax bill, depends on it.

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