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Oct. 3rd, 2008

If politics bore you.

skip this post.

shame on you!

So, for the next little while there doesn't seem to be much else important going on in North America other than Elections.
(and a 700 billion dollar monopoly game)

The elections seem pretty big deals for both Canada and the United States this time around and I'm curious just who is going to go out this election and make a difference? (above or below the border)

Who will vote more?

..Men or women?
..Young or old?
..Rich or poor?
..Landed immigrants or those born and bred?
..Which ethnic group(s) will be the biggest percentage of the voters?

I'm admittedly not always 'politically passionate' but for some reason, our Federal Election means so much to me this time. Don't get me wrong, I've always, ALWAYS exercised my right to vote (even when it was to ruin a ballot) but I've always voted from the day I could.
At election time, I always think of Australia's take on voting. (correct me if I'm wrong) But if you DON'T vote - you can go to jail or pay a fine. You HAVE to go and be part of the process.
I think of the countries where thousands of people risk their lives for the privilege to vote. Of all the brave people who've lost their lives for the right to a democratic vote, of citizens that walk for days to reach voting stations.
And I think of the hurdles overcome in our countries that have granted more and more of their citizens the right to vote.

The right to vote

Don't take it lightly. Don't be apathetic. Exercise your right to vote.


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Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I ♥ this post!

Also, I wish they tell you in high school when you're getting to be voting age that you have the option of ruining your ballot. Because my parents don't know about that option, and subsequently I didn't know about it and there were elections where I *should* have done that to show my contempt for the candidates but instead thought my only option was to just not vote.

How exactly do you ruin a ballot? Do you just go into the booth and scribble all over it?
Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh, thank you.

I wish they tell you in high school when you're getting to be voting age

That's a really good point. It's like a mysterious rite of passage you have to go off on your own to face. I could have used some advice too. I was living in Quebec for the very first election I was of voting age for. It was when Rene Levesque ran. Rene Levesque and Le Parti Quebecois and all his scary separatist dreams for La Belle Province. To be honest, it was kind of a scary first experience.

I haven't 'ruined' a ballot in a while. What I do is have a good look at all the issues and pick the 'lesser' evil if none of the candidates have really moved me.
It felt good when I 'did' ruin those few ballots - it was like my invisible raised fist of defiance.
But they say that a ruined ballot doesn't really amount to anything. They're just set aside and not counted. [but I bet if those ignored piles of spoiled ballots were counted and compared to the votes that actually did count, they'd say something about what a lot of voters were thinking. ie. you're all thieves and I don't believe that any of you are looking out for Canada's best interests]

As for how to ruin a ballot, you're right. You can scribble all over it, you can draw a huge X right through the whole thing, draw dirty pictures, put an X in each of the candidates circles, write a dirty limerick on it, whatever you want that clearly shows that you're not voting for ANY of the options on the ballot.

Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)

I've voted in *every* single election from the day I turned 18 and was eligible to vote.

It's important.

Voting, and being an *informed* voter, is one's duty as a citizen of a democracy.

My parents have always had a saying/belief: If you don't vote, you don't have a right to bitch about the current state of affairs.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
I've voted in *every* single election from the day I turned 18 and was eligible to vote.

Awesome! And you should be very proud of that! I wish more people were did.

I totally agree with your parents. [I've actually said it to people myself]

This is definitely a big one this time! (for both countries)
Oct. 4th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Politics DO bore me, but I'll be voting anyhow LOL To me it's all a matter of voting for who will screw up our country the LEAST, and right now, I'm really not sure who that is *sigh* With the economy the way it is, and a husband who works in the automotive industry, that's kind of a big thing for us, so time to do a bit of research I guess.
Oct. 4th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Politics is not for everyone. I'm usually beyond annoyed by the time the voting begins by all the telemarketers!!! I'm glad it's only every few years.
And - Oh boy! Yes! This election is especially important to you and your family.
That industry has really taken a beating. My heart goes out to you. Let's hope Canada picks the candidate that screws up the country the LEAST.
Oct. 4th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
I don't know who I want to vote for!! I watched the debate last night and all I could do was laugh. It was like a dysfunctional family all sitting around the table for Thanksgiving dinner. But without the turkey. And the stuffing. So really the debate told me nothing.

Plus, I don't like how we really don't vote for the actual Prime Minister. Ya know? It's not like the states where you're actually voting for Obama or McCain. It doesn't really make sense to me.

That being said, I will vote. I might just do eenie meenie miney moe when I get into the booth (aka behind the cardboard divider), but at least I'll be voting and saying something! :D
Oct. 4th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
LOL. I'd say the current PM was the turkey. But that's just my opinion.

You're right about not gettign to vote for the actual big cheese, but the local level party members ARE still part of that party and the more members from that one party get voted the more likely that party will the one running the country.

Your local MP (member of parliament) brings our local concerns to the big boss the PM (prime minister). So, when you step behind that high tech cardboard divider, vote for the person in your area that is running for the party you want to see running the joint for the next few years.

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