Our View: Vote early, vote young

Getting young people involved in politics will make for a better community.

Adding more people to the voter rolls in B.C. is a great idea.

The provincial government is seriously considering a proposal to pre-register youths for the voter rolls at age 16 and 17. When the turn 18, they’ll already be registered and ready to vote.

Young voters are by far the least inclined to cast a ballot, and that extends from the late teens up into the 20s.

Meanwhile, those flocking to the polls are disproportionately seniors and those in middle age.

That’s a serious problem for our democracy. We’re losing out on the perspectives of the young.

It would be nice if we could get this program implemented soon, before this October’s municipal elections.

If the crowd at the provincial and federal polls skews old, those voting for municipal politicians are even more likely to have a few grey hairs.

Municipal politics is often seen as the domain of the homeowner and the local business person.

But the decisions of municipal governments impact people at every stage of life – in terms of jobs, roads, parking, rental housing, parks, and rec facilities.

Langley has seen some young people get involved through advocacy and volunteering over the past decades, and they’ve made a real impact – it was young people who pushed hard for the new Youth Hub that is now up and running.

If more young people register to vote in this coming election, they can make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them, and help Langley become a community that is for everyone, from nine to 109.

– M.C.

Just Posted

Aldergrove community stakeholders react to town centre plans

‘The mall has been an eyesore for many years,’ says Home Hardware owner

Langley takedown linked to murder conspiracy case

Dramatic arrest was part of Taskforce Tourniquet, a multi-agency police gang investigation

Langley Mustangs runner sets Canadian record

Sarah Inglis celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a standout performance at the Canadian All Comers race

Former South Surrey boxer relishing role on Riverdale

Peninsula resident Darcy Hinds has recurring role on popular CW series

Told ‘no’ twice by local shelter, homeless Surrey man sent to Hope anyways

Deemed medically stable, patient was taxied to Hope by hospital when a spot in Surrey wasn’t located

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Most Read