Voting in elections should be mandatory

Either put up or shut up when issues are not addressed by city hall.

As a citizen of Surrey for many years, I was once again appalled at the number of people who actually got out and voted. Only 35 per cent – how sad is that?

All candidates did a good job and I commend each of them.

I feel it is everyone’s obligation to vote. It should be made mandatory that everyone has to vote in elections. Either put up or shut up when issues are not addressed by city hall.

I’ve heard concerns over illegal multiple suites, increased crime, no bylaw enforcement, illegal construction, lack of sufficient transit but, did you vote? I’ve had many dealings with the aforementioned issues and city hall chooses to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to them. The big houses will continue to be built with multiple suites and illegal construction. Laws will continue to be ignored. Law enforcement will not be able to get a handle on the increase in crime.

Until the elected officials at city hall step up to the plate and start enforcing their bylaws for everyone to follow, nothing will change; it will continue to get worse.

There are well over 10,000 files on infraction complaints that bylaw officers have not addressed and they continue to grow in number. So, in my opinion, the majority of votes that Linda Hepner did get were from the people who city hall turns a blind eye and deaf eye to when they break the laws.

 

Kathy Martin, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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