This week's by-election in Victoria drew 38,997 of the riding's 88,886 registered voters, or 43.9%, according to preliminary results. It's the latest bit of evidence that suggests, in my mind, something is wrong with the democratic process. The trend in voter turnout in provincial elections has been downward for several years, from a high in 1983 of 77.66% to a low of 55.14% in 2009 -- with every election attracting a smaller percentage than the last in that time (source: BC Stats).
Gary, Justine and Ian, a few questions for you: Do you agree that low voter turnout is a sign of an ailing democracy? What are you expecting in terms of voter turnout in May? And if the rate continues to languish below 60%, what should be done to fix it?