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ELECTIONS 2014: Vote 50 wants voters to see glass as half full

These glasses of Mocha Porter represent voter turnout in 2011 (29 per cent), the goal in 2014 (50 per cent) and what a 100 per cent voter turnout would look like.
November 12, 2014 - 1:01 PM


KAMLOOPS - If positive thinking is key then the organizers behind the Kamloops Vote 50 campaign may have unlocked the secret to beating Kelowna and Prince George when it comes to getting more voters out to the polls.

With an 83 per cent increase in voter turnout after the first two advance voting days Will George and other members of the Vote 50 group were at the Noble Pig Monday afternoon celebrating both the turnout and the campaign support of 40 businesses, including the restaurant.

Noble Pig has jumped on board and will help remind people to vote by including a bookmark with voting information on it in every billfold handed out this week. George is hoping more restaurants will join in over the next few days to help remind people to vote.

Wednesday the final advance voting poll will be open at Heritage House on Lorne Street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and then the official election day is Nov. 15 with polls open at locations around the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kamloops Transit will be free on Saturday as well.

There will be several more meet the candidate events over the next few days, including an event at Thompson Rivers University Wednesday and a forum at Sagebrush Theatre on Thursday evening. On Thursday an advanced mobile poll will also open at the university for staff and student voting.

Kamloops Vote 50 organizers will be at the Blazers game on Friday, in their bright yellow ‘VOTE’ shirts, to remind fans to vote as well.

The Kamloops group, along with city council, put out a challenge to Kelowna and Prince George voters in an effort to appeal to the competitive edge of voters. The winner, based on the highest percentage of voters marking ballots in the civic election, will get bragging rights. In 2011 only 29 per cent of eligible voters came out to the polls, Kamloops Vote 50 hopes to see a 50 per cent turnout this year.

Kamloops will elect one mayor, eight councillors and five school trustees.

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To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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