It was closer to 35% which was about the provincial average so it isn’t just Rupert. And most municipalities returned incumbents. Only going by my memory of the Vancouver Sun summary of the elections, but I think the places that did defeat an incumbent mayor (Abbottsford?) there were also some big issue involving taxes or what have you.
As much as we complain about taxes, none of the candidates made it an issue.
I have never figured out the reason for the low turnout in any election but particularly civic elections. Going to vote is such a relatively easy thing to do, especially with the number of advance polls.
And why is the turnout so low in civic elections. More than 50% of us vote in provincial and federal elections where we have one candidate who we may not even know, who may live in another community, who represents us on things we have little control over.
Only 35% of us vote for up to 13 candidates (almost impossible not to know someone you like) for things that we do have some control over. At least we know the people to talk to and can see on a fairly regular basis.
I am sure it has something to do with party politics that makes us want to vote Liberal, Conservative, NDP and not just the candidate. More than anything I think that is kind of sad.