The Fine Art of Casting a Ballot

By M Adrian Brassington Historically, Hamiltonians have returned incumbent councillors more than 90 per cent of the time. Why? Familiarity? Comfort? Better the devil you know …? Fear of things getting worse than they have been? All of the above? I think if you were to examine election results going back to the 1970s, you’d […]

Myrie: Non-citizens should get to vote

By Evelyn Myrie SEE MOREarticles by this author Another opportunity to participate in the civic life of the city will soon be upon us with the municipal elections set for Oct. 27. But not everyone who lives here will have the opportunity to have a say. Those who are not citizens of Canada are disenfranchised. […]

Rick Mercer on the municipal election

You probably don’t think of Rick Mercer in the same breath as the municipal election taking place in Ontario this fall. But the City of Burlington does. They’re showcasing this video of Mercer encouraging voters to find out if they’re on the list of registered voters.  The video explains a provincewide check-in system called voterlookup.ca, […]

What will it take to bring out voters?

Even though the June 12 Ontario election produced a slight uptick in voter turnout, it’s still a long road to seeing a significantly higher proportion of the population casting their ballots. Writer Margaret Shkimba produced this commentary on the issue. * * * By Margaret Shkimba I went on TV last week. Cable 14. That’s […]

Focus Turns to Municipal Election & Voter Turnout

  With the Ontario general election over, the focus returns  to the municipal vote in October – and also to voter turnout, which went up slightly in the poll that gave Premier Kathleen Wynne a majority June 12. * * * Voters in municipal elections traditionally are the least likely to vote, with only 49 […]

Election Survey starting to gain steam

An all-round, ward-specific voting guide is under way for the 2014 Municipal Election via a survey by the Hamilton Civic League. As The Hamilton Spectator’s Teviah Moro writes, results will help the league identify people’s priorities, according to where they live. (Image: A survey excerpt) * * * A survey meant to produce a guide […]

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