Sunday, October 24, 2004

Election Call Tomorrow?

All indications point to the next provincial election being called tomorrow. That would make November 22nd election day.

Four weeks.

That's such a short time - it's going to fly by. In four weeks I could be an MLA. What a jarring realization that is. I'm now entering a process that could radically change my life (and hopefully help change things in my community for the better).

I think the biggest challenge I face in this election is convincing potential voters, especially disenfranchised voters, that I'm a credible and viable candidate. While the odds favour the incumbent, winning the vote is a very real possibility for my campaign. I believe that if we can get non-voters in Calgary Buffalo to recognize that possibility, they will be much more inclined to vote.

No one likes to feel that they are wasting their time. Voting when the outcome is thought to be a foregone conclusion is probably one of the biggest factors in potential voters not participating. But, the simple math of it is that in the just past municipal election, candidates needed less than 20% of the potential vote to win - and even much less than that in many cases. Some of the races were won by close to just 100 votes.

(Copied from my election blog.)


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