Seniors want to boost votes in the Langleys

A group of Langley seniors advocates are challenging local voters to hit the polls this Nov. 15 and increase turnout above the recent very low levels.

In 2011, turnout for a highly contentious Langley Township election was 25.9 per cent. In the City, it was just 20.9 per cent.

With the first four-year terms coming up for local leaders, this is an important election, said Marilyn Fischer of Triple A Senior Housing.

Triple A is a coalition of local volunteer and advocacy groups that spends much of its time campaigning for affordable, accessible, and appropriate housing for seniors.

Fischer pointed to a number of local challenges, most notably in Squamish, where council candidate Peter Kent, a stuntman, has vowed to set himself on fire (non-fatally) if voter turnout tops 2011’s 40 per cent.

Triple A isn’t going to volunteer anyone to do a dangerous stunt, but they are encouraging a little rivalry between City and Township, to see which can increase their voter turnout the most.

There are no prizes, but Fischer encouraged others to offer incentives to help out with the friendly contest.

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