It was disheartening to see a majority of respondents to our question, “Have you already decided which party will get your vote?,” indicate their minds had already been made up. How can voters know who to elect when not all platforms have yet been released? Is party allegiance more important to residents than what that party promises it will do? It’s clear this election is shaping up to be “us against them,” but does this form of thinking actually bring about the change we want to see? The idea of “safe voting” will undoubtedly rear its head this election – and citizens, instead of voting for the party or candidate whose views they actually align with, use their vote to support the party most likely to overcome the leader they do not want to see in power. We certainly hope it doesn’t swing the other way, with middle-ground supporters opting not to vote at all, believing their voice won’t matter. However unlikely it is to ever find a party or politician you can 100 per cent say supports your values and will work to achieve exactly what you hope for, voting honestly for the party/candidate that most aligns with your needs would appear to be the best way to achieve your desired result. We realize this may be idealistic thinking, but we offer it as food for thought. Perhaps it’s time we shift our thinking and stop voting against someone or something, and instead start voting for what we want to see. Isn’t that really the point of all this?