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19th December '05

Get Off Your Ass and Vote

Alright, well election time is upon us again. I must say that I was shocked by the droves of people who never even bothered to show up to the 2004 election. Congrats to the 60.5% of you who did.

In the same election, only 25% of young voters cast a ballot. Think your vote doesn't count? Parties tend to tailor their marketing, campaigns and issues to the demographics that show up to the polls. So, like any self-respecting rebellious young person the natural thing to do is go against the grain and do the unexpected. Keep them on their toes, shock them into the 21st century and get out and vote!

In the 2004 election 58 of the 308 seats were won with 5% margins or less. We have over 22 million elgible voters. Just imagine what could be different if the other 8.8 million decided to vote. Hell, maybe the Green Party would even have a chance.

No one likes to hear complaints from the mouths of people who never even bothered to cast a ballot... so with that said...

Potential Fence-Sitter Voter Statements:

I don't like anyone on the ballot:

Well, then decide who you like the least and vote for the person most likely to defeat them. Or spoil your vote - those are counted too.

The person I want to vote for will never win my riding:

Maybe they won't, but maybe they will. There's likely many people who feel the same, so even if your candidate doesn't get in this time, you may influence future voters to do the same.

I don't know who's running or the issues:

If you have enough time to watch a re-run of Friends surely you have enough time to learn a little about the election.

I don't like a winter election:

We're not bears. And as much as we all want to hibernate, if you you can survive the malls this holiday, I'm sure you can muster the strength to get yourself over to the polls.

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