The Unicorn Massacre of 2011

Despite much media coverage and political advertising throughout the city, Burnaby’s election passed without three out of four registered voters bothering to leave the couch to vote.

That’s right, folks, the voter turnout was less than 25 per cent again this election.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I predicted a unicorn would die for every vote not cast. That’s a whole lotta unicorns, my friends.

Unicorns probably aren’t real (NOTE: If you have evidence to the contrary please contact me ASAP) and if they were real, they probably weren’t killed off by the apathy of non-voters (NOTE: Same as above).

But it is still irksome when people don’t make the effort to vote.

I know it isn’t that simple – nothing is. There obviously needs to be more research done into voter apathy and the factors behind it, and how effective and democratic our system is if people don’t use it.

But until the results of that research provide a reasonable explanation for the low turnout, three out of four registered voters in Burnaby are not allowed to complain about traffic, roadwork, library hours, the taste of their drinking water, transit, property taxes or anything related to the city government whatsoever.

If those who voted catch any non-voters complaining about such things, feel free to shout at them about dead unicorns all you want.

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About East of Boundary

I'm the civic affairs and business reporter for the Burnaby NOW. I also write about transit and Metro Vancouver. This is my personal blog on issues relating to Burnaby.
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