FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING, I’m going to get up and drive to my designated polling station. It’s a small polling station; very few people vote there so it likely won’t be crowded.
How much simpler and easier it would be to vote online, to mail in a ballot, or even to vote in advance at one of the other polling places.
It bugs me when people say we have to find easier ways for people to vote because that’s the only way we can increase the turnout. I don’t believe it.
Democracy shouldn’t be run from the comfort of our own homes, it should require at least a minimum of physical activity. If we no longer have the energy to go out to a polling booth to mark a ballot, we’re definitely in trouble.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.