EDITORIAL: Decisions to make before decision day

Did you watch the provincial election leaders’ debate on Tuesday night? If so, did anyone impress you?

That performance might sway a voter here or there — and can be used to answer our Question of the Week on our home page — but, by and large, most voters already had their decisions made by the time the politicians appeared on the stage.

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Still, it is but one more nugget of information that can be considered as general election day of Oct. 24 approaches — though, based on the massive spike in mail-in ballots requested, 680,000 and counting among the 3.5-million registered voters, it is likely many more ballots will be filled out well before election day.

If you are still undecided or even willing to reconsider your choice based on all the information available, don’t forget to log on to kamloopsthisweek.com and click on the BC Election 2020 tab under the News tab. There, you will find details on party platforms, information on local candidates and a plethora of promises, provincially and locally.

In the Kamloops-North Thompson riding, there are five candidates. In the Kamloops-South Thompson riding, three people are vying for the MLA seat. All eight candidates will be part of a KTW/Kamloops Chamber of Commerce online debate on Monday, Oct. 19, starting at 7 p.m. If you think that debate can inform your decision, go online to kamloopschamber.ca to find out how to view it.

Finally, let’s pause and ponder the polls. To date, the various polls say the B.C. NDP will win the election easily, with a likely majority — and that may well turn out to be the case.

A word of caution, though. Don’t assume the polls are correct and your vote won’t count. Similar polls in the 2017 B.C. election, the 2016 U.S. presidential election and various other elections in the past decade turned out to be spectacularly wrong.

Do the homework and make your vote count.

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