Earlier this week, Elections Ontario indicated that Ontario’s advance poll voter turnout has dropped six per cent since the 2011 provincial elections. This has generated more discussion regarding voter turnout for the June 12th voting day.
Here are three reasons why you should vote:
1: Voting is Easy – Using the resources available, voting is a fairly easy task. On www.itsyourvote.ca there are links to party websites, helpful Elections Canada pages, and other resources like informational blog posts and media releases. See our previous blog post Voting as a Student.
2: Every Vote is Important – In the 2008 Federal Election, only 58.8% of the population voted. This means that just over half of the population voted for a Prime Minister that would be representing 100% of the people. Basically, half of Canada decided the fate for all Canadians. Every single one of those votes carried a lot of weight, and it is the same for this Provincial Election. Ontario’s MPP’s determine how our resources are used. Everyone’s values and priorities should drive the process.
3: Make a Statement and be a part of the conversation. According to research done by Elections Canada, only 37.6% of those aged 18-24 voted in the 2008 general election. Education is playing a large role in the upcoming June 12th election, and it is especially important that students make an informed decision. By voting, you are making your concerns a priority.
If you need more reasons to vote, think about the last time you were concerned about employment, taxes, transit, or education. Those are some of the topics that will be affected by the proposed budgets and plans of each party. If you want to see change, you need to start by voting.