# Municipal Elections - and too many votes!

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Realty Executives Okanagan

On November 19th I will be invited to vote in my first British Columbia Municipal Election. As a registered voter, I qualify to place my vote or X beside the 1-Mayor (5 Candidates)  and 8-City Councilor's (42 Candidates) who I deem will best represent my needs over the next 3 years.

That is correct - 42 excellent candidates have allowed their names to stand in a bid to be my elected officials. And therein lies my dilemma. Not being a statistician - I am unable to compute the variables available whith so many persons running and each registered and eligible voter being given 8 choices. In my mathematical jumble of comprehension I am able to deduce the most popular candidate may take seats 1, 2 and 3 ... but then name familiarity or alphabetical listings may come into play.

Given a list of 42 names, and the encouragement to select 8 - what are the chances that the 8 best candidates will rise to the top? It boggles my mind to try and figure it out.. but I cannot help but reason it may be the 2nd or 3rd tier candidate that will win - as the top contenders will be split amongst family and friends, whilst the 'he'd be OK, or I saw her sign on the boulevard' candidates may be everyone's 6th or 7th choice - thereby making them the 'popular' vote.

So who wins? Maybe the mediocre candidate? Or the one who spends the most time DRIVING THE VOTE?

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Sharon Lancaster

Real Estate and Marketing Professional

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Sharon,

That's difficult with so many candidates. But, I suppose that's democracy.

Brian

November 03, 2011 09:23 PM
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I wonder if the system is flawed, though? I cannot help but feel the numbers will not add up to electing the 'best' person for the positions.... time will tell!

November 04, 2011 12:27 PM
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