As (hopefully) many of you know, there’s a Vancouver municipal election happening tomorrow. However, since UBC isn’t a part of the city of Vancouver, we don’t vote for mayor and city council. What you might not know is that the UBC Endowment Lands make up an area known as Electoral Area A, and we have one elected representative who sits on the board of Metro Vancouver.
Only 31% of Electoral Area A residents voted in the last election, and only 8% of those voters were UBC students. This is an insanely low turnout, but it also means that your vote has a lot of pull. Municipal elections are important since the issues at hand will directly affect you and your everyday life, arguably on a larger scale than provincial and federal politics. Rapid transit at UBC in particular is one issue for which the Metro Vancouver board is responsible. Sick of your hour and a half commute every morning? This might be the way to make sure your voice is heard.
You are eligible to vote if you are:
1. 18 years of age or older on election day
2. A Canadian citizen
3. A resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months
4. A resident in your municipality for at least 30 days
How to vote:
Vote tomorrow, Saturday November 19th, between 8 am and 8 pm.
If you live on campus, you can go vote in the SUB. If you live in Vancouver, find your voting location here. Bring 2 pieces of government-issued ID and proof of address.
Since I’m from Ontario and haven’t lived in BC for more than six months, I’m not eligible to vote, so I’m going to live vicariously through you, blog readers. In case you need a little more incentive, here’s a video of the UBC Vote Mob in April to get you inspired. Now get out there and rock the vote!