How did we vote before the Internet?


If you think it's an exercise in overinflated bureaucracy having 13 municipalities in the Capital Regional District, just imagine the poor news editor trying to keep track of all of those candidates.

Plus four school districts.

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It all boils down to about 250 candidates, give or take a David Shebib.

It's a mammoth project chasing down all those people, some of whom seem distinctly unaware that a newspaper reporter may be interested in their intentions, should they be elected.

But of those 250 candidates — give or take — we are still hunting only four people.

This was largely made possible through online magic, which allowed us to quickly put an information form in front of every single candidate who could find his or her way to a computer keyboard.

They filled out a questionnaire, like this one, and submitted their joy and passion for the municipal governmental process. We were able to quickly parse the data we received, and turned it into a page of information, like this.

election profile page

Further, we took that same information and turned it into newspaper pages (like this one ^^) that are so chock full of information that people in Metchosin — et al. — have no excuse for being unable to make an informed choice on Nov. 15.

The online versions of the profile information will continue to be enhanced and widely available online (another reason to subscribe) as voting day nears.

As the polls close on the 15th, using our website, social media and a team of reporters and editors, we will be able to quickly let you know who was elected in your municipality.

Keep track of all the developments at timescolonist.com/elections.

In case you missed it

The fall edition of Capital magazine was distributed throughout the region on Oct. 25. It was 116 pages of regional goodness.

captial magazine cover fall 2014

If you missed it, or simply want to be able to comment, share or re-read on an electronic device, the entire magazine is available on our website at timescolonist.com/capital.

There's even a vitural copy of the magazine through the Issuu service, which now has a spectacular app (or Android) that makes the digital experience even better.

You can also find a link on the Capital page to an archive of our premiere issue.

@CaleCowan

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