Improved voter turnout for the recent municipal elections was the goal of an election campaign initiated by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB). The board set up a website called No Vote, No Voice, a free non-partisan “virtual podium” for municipal candidates running in the districts comprising VIREB’s coverage area. Voters could get details on specific individuals at www.novotenovoice.ca. Information presented on the website was divided by riding and candidates were listed in alphabetical order.
“Voter turnout in B.C. has traditionally been low,” says Blair Herbert, VIREB president. “We hope that No Vote, No Voice will encourage more Vancouver Island residents to participate in the democratic process by providing candidate information at the click of their mouse.”