FREDERICTON (GNB) – Following is a message from Mike Quinn, New Brunswick's municipal electoral officer, concerning the elections being held on Monday, May 14:

More than 1,200 men and women from communities across the province have stepped forward to run in the elections being held on May 14 for municipal, district education council and regional health authority positions.  

These are all grassroots positions on the frontline of the decision-making process, where you can have an immediate impact on the daily lives and influence the quality of services on which all of us count. Our communities need people willing to offer their energy and enthusiasm, ensuring the places where we live continue to grow in directions we want.

It is important that we support the men and woman who put their names on a ballot, offering to serve. Possibly the greatest endorsement we can offer is by casting a ballot, acknowledging the important role played by people who run for local office.     

We will do everything we can to make sure the voting process runs smoothly. As the organization responsible for administering the electoral process, Elections NB has introduced enhancements to make the voting process more efficient and streamlined. Given the hectic schedules of many of today's families, we recognize the importance of enabling voters to get in and out of the polling stations in a timely fashion.

Each of you has the final say in who is elected to the positions that affect your community in the most direct way. Voting is a fundamental part of our democratic process. It gives voters the opportunity to express their opinion by simply marking a ballot. This act lets voters decide whom they want to be their elected representative.

I encourage you to exercise your right to vote. Your vote counts.