The Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections are well under way and it seems for the first time in the almost 14 years I’ve been writing about law in this country, that there’s a certain energy and, maybe, even enthusiasm for this year’s poll.
The combination of online voting, which opened on Monday and runs until April 29, and this apparent increased interest in the election, will hopefully lead to a few more lawyers actually exercising their franchise. In the 2007 election only 33.1 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots. The numbers have been going down over the years: in 2003, 36.7 per cent voted and in 1999, 38 per cent did.
It’s not that the issues for the profession were fewer or less pressing over the years, so perhaps it was the strain of getting the ballot into the envelope and then mailing it that led to the decrease in voting. So the LSUC decided to embrace technology and offer online voting. No need for filling in paper ballots and then remembering to actually send them off to be counted. Now, a few minutes in front of your computer (where you are most of the time anyway) and you can have your say.