One-stop shop for elec­tion info

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

Look­ing for in­for­ma­tion to help bring you up to speed on the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in the Re­gion of Wa­ter­loo elec­tion? A group of lo­cal vol­un­teers have cre­ated Water­looRe­gionVotes.org, a one-stop vot­ing in­for­ma­tion spot.

The web­site aims to make get­ting in­formed eas­ier ahead of elec­tion day, Oc­to­ber 22.

“Only about one-third of peo­ple cast a vote in mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions,” says co-founder of CivicTechWR Kristina Tay­lor in a re­lease. “Mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics af­fects your life far more than any other level of gov­ern­ment which is why we are aim­ing to get more peo­ple en­gaged and out to the polls with water­loore­gionvotes.org.”

Peo­ple ex­press that they strug­gle with mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions be­cause they don’t know where to go to find in­for­ma­tion on the can­di­dates or don’t un­der­stand how mu­nic­i­pal gov­er­nance af­fects their daily lives, she notes.

“Our re­gional gov­ern­ment struc­ture means that vot­ers can be eas­ily over­whelmed at the bal­lot box,” says Robert J. Wil­liams, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of po­lit­i­cal science at the Univer­sity of Wa­ter­loo and a spe­cial­ist in Cana­dian mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics. “Hav­ing a one-stop shop for can­di­date in­for­ma­tion and events can help peo­ple make an in­formed de­ci­sion on Oc­to­ber 22.”

Water­looRe­gionVotes.org has com­piled can­di­date list­ings, events, news ar­ti­cles, and more into an easy to nav­i­gate web­site.

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