‘A vote not cast is still a vote’

Would a parent be delighted if their child had a grade average of 29 per cent?

Would a university accept a student who graduated high school with a 29 per cent average?

Would a student celebrate victory if 29 per cent was the final grade after four years of secondary education?

As I read last week’s cover story about Greg Kyllo’s victory, I was shocked to see that he had 56 per cent of the vote. But did he really?

According to the numbers given in this article, we had 40,978 registered voters. Of that, 14,236 people actually voted for Mr. Kyllo.

I’m not a math whiz, but isn’t that 29 per cent?

A total of 26,742 voters here in the Shuswap did not vote for Mr. Kyllo. And just because 15,598 people did not play this game we call “democracy” does not delete their vote. One person/one vote.

A vote that was not cast is still a vote and a statement in and of itself.

I do understand these numbers came from Elections Canada. However, it’s always a good idea to look at the bigger picture.

Susan Ladner