Vancouver Celebrates Highest Voter Turnout For ...
... a vote on the city’s official bird for 2015. This honour was bestowed on the Black-capped Chickadee. With 39 percent of the vote, this tiny, adorable songbird beat out worthy competitors which included the Varied Thrush, who had 29 per cent of the vote; Anna’s Hummingbird, in third place with 17 per cent; and the Northern Flicker in fourth place, with 13 per cent (The Pacific Wren and the Pileated Woodpecker garnered only one per cent of the votes each). As official City Bird, the Black-capped Chickadee will be featured in promotional materials for Bird Week in 2015.
In a lead up to the vote, each bird appropriately had a Twitter account where they could tweet their case and amass of following of passionate bird-loving supporters.
In total, this online poll received more than 700,000 votes. This is about four times more votes than the 144,823 ballots tallied in the last actual Vancouver civic election.
It makes you wonder why we still can’t vote online in civic elections (however, in the city bird competition there was no limit to how many times you could vote). Sure, there are challenges with voter identification, but imagine if we could make civic elections as fun and easy to participate in as Vancouver’s official bird vote.
Many would say that civic politics is for the birds, but perhaps its time we got as passionate about electing our mayor and local representatives (this November) as we do about choosing our favourite bird.
My name is Jillian Glover and I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I work in government communications, am Communications Chair of the Vancouver Public Space Network, a former Vancouver City Planning Commissioner and my educational background is in Communications and Urban Studies, which means I am very interested in how people in urban environments engage in their cities. I blog ...