Political Science Instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College Dawn Moffat McMaster says the biggest issue for local municipalities like the County and City will be the demand from the province for municipalities to work together.
“It will be whether that turns into some kind of amalgamation or not. I know at the [City] Municipal Forum that came up quite a bit… the idea of where the tax burden falls and what that looks like. I think for both those regions that will be the major issue.”
She says it is important to vote because this is where your voice has the biggest impact.
“In terms of your traffic pattern, taxes on your home, snow removal, your day-to-day interactions are far more intense at the municipal level. In terms of encouraging people to vote, this is really a way to have a say. It is a time that your vote ends up having the most impact.”
According to the political scientist, the candidates that can get people out to vote will be more likely to receive more votes.
She says a good turnout for advanced polls could be a sign that there will be an increase in voters this election. In advanced polls, the county had a total of 270 votes cast while the city has yet to provide numbers from their four days of advanced polls. In the 2013 election, the city had 21 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, 25 percent in the county, and 30 percent in the MD of Greenview.
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Map of voter locations in the city courtesy of cityofgp.com