Democracy allows us a free vote but there is a cost attached. Heading to the ballot box is a big ticket item.
According to Elections BC the recent election cost a whopping $44-million.
Back in 2013 the total election bill rang in at just under $35-million.
With additional voters, each election the cost increases and adding new electoral districts, like the province did this year, jacks the costs up even higher.
A lot of “ifs” remain in this election, not the least of which is if the final vote tally will result in a majority or minority government.
But if we end up with a minority, historically an unstable situation – taxpayers could end up back in the voter booth far sooner than expected with an additional big bill to cover.