Letter: Alternative approval based on smoke & mirrors
To the editor:
Re: The Alternative Approval Elector Response Form.
I object to the process that is being used to gain the approval of the electorate to construct a new Police Services Building.
The process is undemocratic on two points.
First, the process asks electors to be against a proposition whereas democracy should be built upon being in favour of a proposition.
Second, the means of determining the success or failure of the process is based upon an estimate and not an exact number. Because the City of Kelowna does not maintain a list of registered voters, any estimate of how many voters there are or may be in the city is just a guess. And any percentage of that number is also just a guess.
As a person qualified to be on the municipal voters list, I cannot go to City Hall and register to vote in a municipal election for this reason. Nor can any other qualified person go and register to vote, either as an owner of property or as a resident elector. All because the city does not maintain an accurate and up-to-date list of registered electors.
Without a list of registered electors, the city cannot accurately claim that the number of signatures collected and received by the city fails to exceed the required percentage to force a referendum by ballot.
In fact, the only list of registered electors the city has, and is a valid list of electors, is the list of voters that registered to and voted in the last municipal election. And as that number of electors is considerably less than the estimated number of potential qualified voters, the number of signatures collected and received by the city has a greater potential of exceeding the minimum required to force a ballot.
Mayor Walter Gray was not put into office by an estimated number of votes. There are a factual and accurate number of votes cast in his favour over all other candidates for mayor.
The same applies to each councillor. Each was put into office by a factual and accurate number of votes cast in his or her favour over all the other candidates.
These were votes cast by qualified registered electors and not by estimated potential electors.