People need to exercise democratic right

Obviously half of our residents do not care, so they therefore should not have the right to complain about anything

As scrutineer and an election worker over many years, I believe our riding of Chilliwack-Hope was very conducted.

Advance polls (four days) – consisting of three general voting areas, one absentee voting area and a certificate writer area.

Election Day – Legion Hall (21 voting areas and one absentee voting area) and Silver Creek (six voting areas and one absentee voting area).

This does not include supervisory staff. I believe we are only one of 70 plus constituencies in B.C. Voter turnout? Would you believe only 51 per cent!  Obviously half of our residents do not care, so they therefore should not have the right to complain about anything!

If you think this bad, how about municipal voting? Has it ever reached 50 per cent? In Australia, I am told voting is mandatory – if you don’t vote you are fined!

Question: Regardless of party, do you think our huge debts, joblessness, business takeovers by the U.S. and China will evaporate? Schools should revert to some discussions on how they would deal with violence, immigration, keeping jobs at home, etc. and the importance of voting for your best choice to deal with the problems.

Answer: Get involved locally.

Marj Houghton,

Hope Ratepayers secretary