EDITORIAL: Research before voting

We are down to the final few days of the strangest election campaign in memory.

Have you learned enough to form a solid opinion as to which candidate will get your vote? Was your decision made before the election was called? Did anything occur during the campaign to persuade you to change your mind?

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Bereft of packed all-candidates debates, with very few human interactions — and definitely no baby-kissing — this campaign was conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant physical distancing was in and large gatherings were out.

As a result, traditional and social media were methods used by outlets like KTW and by candidates to get information out to the masses. In times like these, the internet is invaluable. Can you imagine a campaign like this, amid a pandemic, in the pre-internet age?

We even managed to stage two all-candidates forums, back to back on Monday night, with KTW operations manager Tim Shoults moderating.

Unlike the hapless Mike Wallace stateside, Shoults was blessed with eight candidates who exemplified professionalism.

If nothing else, those watching the Kamloops-North Thompson and Kamloops-South Thompson debates saw intelligent men and women answering questions and putting forward their vision without attacking and belittling their opponents.

All eight even managed to answer our favourite query with thoughtful honesty: For whom would they vote if they could not vote for themselves?

We hope you managed to watch that debate or others held online during this campaign. And we hope you managed to read KTW, check kamloops thisweek.com and visit other local news sites to devour as much information as possible so you can vote with knowledge.

Please log on to kamloopsthisweek.com on election night (Oct. 24) as we cover the final stages of this bewildering campaign.

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