In 2010, voter turnout ranged from 20 to 29 per cent among Kitchener's 10 wards. While allowing landed immigrants and permanent residents to vote would not immediately address the voting deficit, it's part of a long term goal to raise the number of people that hit the polls for municipal elections.
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He told councillors that 40 countries around the world allow landed immigrants to vote municipally, including Germany, Sweden, Ireland and more.
Council also voted to ask the province to amend the Municipal Elections Act, allowing Omega Watches For Ladies links to candidate websites and bios on the City of Kitchener website during election periods, to help residents become more informed.
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And, ultimately, Kramer said, the city will have to move toward online voting to avoid seeing voter turnout numbers fall even further.
thing that more people who want to vote have the right to vote?" said Theron Kramer of Compass Kitchener, a citizen advisory group that presented a report on voter engagement.
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The local system of two tier government with both a municipal and regional government responsible for different things also adds to the confusion, he said.
The province has agreed to look at the possibility of making the changes for the 2018 election, according to Kramer.
Toronto officially asked the province to change the Municipal Elections Act, and Kitchener followed suit with that request.
Reaching that goal will involve a number of strategies, including public education.
"A lot of people do not understand the impact of a municipality on their day to day life," Kramer said.
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