Think voting doesn’t matter? Think again
BRAMPTON, ON – Roads, parks, public transit, emergency services, recreation, libraries…if even one of these services matters to you, your vote counts. This is the central message in a compelling new video, “It Counts. You Count.” released by the City of Brampton, urging eligible voters to come out and vote in the Municipal Election on October 22, 2018.
“People are connected to their City services and programs much more than they know. Voting is an impactful way to make their voices heard in their local government,” said Peter Fay, City Clerk and Returning Officer for the 2018 Brampton Municipal Election. Some of the City services and programs used last year include 1.2 million transit rides by seniors and 3.4 million rides by youth; 124,900 registrations in children’s recreation programs; 4 million items borrowed from Brampton Library; and 24,320 emergency calls attended to by Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.
“When you vote for your Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee, you are entrusting them to make decisions on things that matter to you every day. That’s why you should vote,” added Fay.
Data shows that youth voter turnout has been the lowest, at around 21 per cent, in comparison to other age groups. More information is available in thisdata story.
Where previously voters were given a designated location to vote, this Election, the City of Brampton has introduced “Vote Anywhere in Your Ward”, providing people with a choice of 10-15 voting locations within the ward in which they reside. An interactive map on the City website helps you find your place of choice to vote. “As you run errands, head to or return from your place of work, study, play or worship – take a few minutes to vote. This can go a long way in shaping the future of Brampton,” added Fay.
Those who wish to vote early, can do so on these Advance Voting dates:
Saturday, October 6, and Saturday, October 13, 10 am to 5 pm
• Brampton City Hall, 2 Wellington St W
• Brampton Soccer Centre, 1495 Sandalwood Pkwy E
• Cassie Campbell Community Centre, 1050 Sandalwood Pkwy W
• Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden St E
• David Suzuki Secondary School, 45 Daviselm Dr
• Earnscliffe Recreation Centre, 44 Eastbourne Dr
• Gore Meadows Community Centre, 10150 The Gore Rd
• Greenbriar Recreation Centre, 1100 Central Park Dr
• Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, 292 Conestoga Dr
• South Fletcher’s Sportsplex, 500 Ray Lawson Blvd
Tuesday to Thursday, October 9-11, 8:30 am to 8 pm
• Civic Centre, 150 Central Park Dr
Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.