I'd like to say I witnessed a great deal more interest in the election this time around. But I'm not sure that is true. Of course, I am looking at it from a completely different perspective than I have had in the past. The people who were interested were passionate. Sometimes about a single issue, and other times about a bigger picture. Those conversations were always enjoyable, even when we had to agree to disagree.
I've told many people my single biggest hope is that more people will come out to vote. Perhaps just a sign that we do value that right, and the opportunity to take part in the decision making process.
After the vote is over of course, then it falls to those who are elected, whoever they might be to continue the work to increase turnout the next time. And that means elected officials need to communicate, and more importantly, give residents a voice in the decisions which are made. That doesn't mean every decision has to be a referendum. But it does mean Mayors, Councillors, regional councillors and more have to be constantly in touch with the electorate, and not disappear for three and a half years....
Yes, everyone is elected to make decisions. Sometimes, people aren't going to agree with them. (it's pretty hard these days to find a consensus on what appears to be even the simplest issue)
But communicating why and how your tax dollar is being spent, and the value you get for that is vitally important. And it's a job which needs to be ramped up...after the votes are counted.