Editor's Comment: 'Don't let the minority have their say on who controls Wakefield - use your vote'
In this week's comment, editor Gavin Murray warns of the dangers of failing to use your vote during this crucial time.
THERE IS a real danger to democracy in Wakefield. It is the apathetic voter.
At the last council election turnout was about a quarter.
So that means around 75 per cent of people have not had a say on who controls the power and who is allowed to call themselves elected.
If the other 75 per cent who didn’t vote, for whatever reason, did decide to head to the ballot box perhaps many elected members would not be.
It is worrying that so few of you are actually having a say on who runs and makes decisions about the place you live.
It is the minority – is that democratic?
Slightly more of you turned out for the general election.
And if you don’t think the local election is important or your vote will not make a difference then let other people choose what happens to you.
It is not really healthy for democracy having such low turnouts at such a crucial time.
Maybe voters should be forced to go the polls?
However there is something you can do about this hidden danger.