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ROTHENBURGER – Don’t worry about the turnout, just think first, then vote

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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.

It will take only a few minutes to check in, mark my ballot and put it in the box. It will, however, take me more than half an hour to drive from home to the station and back.

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.

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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 mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

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About Mel Rothenburger (6993 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – Don’t worry about the turnout, just think first, then vote

  1. Sean McGuinness // October 19, 2019 at 8:18 AM // Reply

    I disagree that one shouldn’t be allowed to vote online. As we know, there have been problems (especially in U.S. elections) with overcrowded polling stations, voting machines that stop working, running out of ballots, and counting errors. This is an impediment to the democratic process. Gore would have won the 2000 election if voting had been done online (no hanging chads here!). There is nothing wrong with making voting more convenient.
    The govt certainly has nothing against making tax payments more convenient.

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