What’s a voter to do?

I want to thank everyone who’s stopped me on the street, at the grocery store, in the school yard and around town.¬†Your support is important to me and much appreciated.

Some might say that the candidates have the biggest role to play in an election. I happen to think that role belongs to the voters.

There’s plenty to do between the time when candidates file their nomination papers and voting day.

A few things come to mind.

1) Do your research
Most candidates have an online presence of some kind. Your district or municipality has a website. Research the issues that are important to you. Check out budgets, meeting minutes, reports. There’s plenty to keep you informed.

2) Ask questions
Candidates are happy to take questions and comments. They’ll answer your e-mails or even meet you for coffee. Go ahead. That’s what we’re here for.

3) Share your stories
The time you spend discussing the election with friends and family¬†are important conversation we need to have. I’ve seen some great discussions on facebook. I wish we could engage with one another like this in between elections rather than just during them.

4) Adopt a non-voter
Chances are, more than half of your friends and family don’t vote – only 40% of us did last time. Consider helping a non-voter find the information they need to learn about the candidates and get to the polls

5) Vote
In all likelihood, if you’re reading this, that’s pretty much a guaranteed thing. So thanks for that.