As this paper comes out on Election Day in Alberta, many of you may be happy to see the campaigning come to a close. But we think it is important to recognize the record numbers of Albertans who took the time to participate in the democratic process by casting their ballot at advance polls.
On day one of advance voting, approximately 140,000 Albertans marked an “X” by the candidate of their choice, according to Elections Alberta. That is more than double the number of voters on day one of the 2015 advance polls.
We can only hope this trend continues throughout the election because, if you don’t vote, you’re letting someone else decide the future of this province for you.
Whichever candidates win, we would like to send a sincerest of thanks to those who put it all on the line and stepped up to attempt to represent their beliefs, values and the people in their riding. Running for office in a provincial election is hard work and often takes candidates away from family, friends and work.
Campaigning in an age of Internet and social media also opens candidates up more than ever before to all manners of scrutiny, ridicule and heartbreak, so we applaud those who took the risk and joined the race.
If you haven’t voted yet, we encourage you to do so. Otherwise, you have four years of someone else’s choice. Let’s hope you like who they’ve selected because if you don’t, you have no one but yourself to blame.