Buses will be running for free on Oct. 20 to bring more people to the polls on municipal election day. Residents can vote for their city councillors, the mayor and the board of trustees for School District 27. Patrick Davies photo

Editorial: Exercise your right to vote

City of Williams Lake and BC Transit offering free transportation service on Voting Day

Now you really have no reason not to vote.

The City of Williams Lake and BC Transit are teaming up to make it easier for voters to get to the polls.

The duo will offer free bus transportation for this year’s municipal election all day on voting day Saturday, Oct. 20.

BC Transit said the free fare will apply on all routes that normally run on Saturdays, and on handyDART. All routes operating that day will also offer extended election day service.

Any initiative that provides more opportunity for the community to get out to vote is a good one, and we applaud the effort to increase civic engagement irregardless of transportation limitations.

Advanced voting for the city will take place on Oct. 17 at city hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and another advancing voting opportunity will be available for CRD voters on Monday, Oct. 15.

Read more: CRD advance voting indicates strong voter turnout so far

On Voting Day, Oct. 20, residents will get to have their say in electing a mayor, city council, Cariboo Regional District directors and school board trustees. It’s true, not very many people attend regular meetings throughout the year at the CRD, school board and city council, but that’s precisely why you should take the time to consider who you are voting for. You need to trust those representatives will make good decisions for your communities, your schools and rural areas in your absence.

At the last municipal election in 2014 the voter turnout in our area was 45.8 per cent, down slightly from 2011’s municipal election turnout of 50.7 per cent.

We can do better than that, can’t we?

— Williams Lake Tribune

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