Voter turnout is low in Vancouver, with just 35% of eligible voters casting a ballot in 2011. In the 1960s, 70% of first-time young voters in Canada would vote in the first election they were eligible in. By 2004, this was down to 30%. We need to do better. The City should be doing everything it can to make it simple and easy to register and be informed. A permanent online voter registration and elections page should be available at all times on the City’s website, not just in the lead-up to an election. People who register to vote in advance are much more likely to cast a vote than those who don’t.
The webpage should include an opportunity to register online to vote, as well as information in different languages on how to do so by phone or email, timelines and requirements for registering to run for elected office, and details on what is needed to vote in terms of identification.
- Engaged City Tasked Force Quick Start Idea #7