This time of year here in Ontario the scenery is beautiful, the trees have changed colours and the landscape is breathtaking.
This is also the time of year when we see election signs proclaiming the names of the local candidates as municipal elections are scheduled for October 27th. This is such an important matter to me, one that is worth of consideration.
Elections are the chance to have your voice heard, here in Canada we value our rights and freedoms which aren’t available in many other countries. While I know that you all value these rights, it’s often daunting to face an election as a voter. The choices of candidates and issues can become overwhelming, to the point where people throw up their hands in frustration and just don’t vote. In my municipality over 65% of people didn’t vote in the last election, that right there is sad.
Get Engaged in Your Municipal Election
Rather than getting frustrated by the choices, let’s break it down a bit and get engaged! Voting is a right that was fought for, use it to ensure your voice is out there.
Make a list of what is important to you. Take this list and compare it to each elect’s platform, you can usually find this information within your local paper on the website for each candidate. Failing these options, go ahead and write them an email and ask the hard questions; they’ll be pleased you did and will respond.
If you find it all confusing, CAA South Central Ontario has set up a Community Matters website with some helpful information, including an outline of what key issues municipal government are responsible for. Head over to the website by clicking HERE.
Check the Candidates out. Find the candidates websites, the newspaper articles or the local debate and consider the candidates history. Do they have the experience, education, tools and personalities to affect the change you’d like to see in your community.
Book Time to Vote. Find out where and when you are scheduled to vote, each person has a unique voting location and you should receive a notice in the mail. Most municipalities have later voting, early voting or online options. Once you have this time/place put a reminder in the calendar on your phone!
Don’t fall into the trap of not voting, being silent doesn’t affect any change. Get out there and cast your vote to the candidate who aligns most with what is dear to your heart. You have the ability and right to do this, please use it!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.