As you probably know by now, I live in Calgary, and municipal elections take place in just over a week. I know a lot of people don’t take this seriously, but I really think that if you are eligible, you should vote!
In a democracy, citizens are given rights and freedoms, but they also have responsibilities. I firmly believe that voting should be a legal obligation for eligible people; it should be the responsibility that comes with freedom. It is the people’s government; the people must therefore take an active role in their government. It irritates me when people complain about the government, but didn’t vote for the people representing them; how can they complain when they gave no input as to what they’d like to see instead?
I really believe that everyone should take the time to familiarize themselves with elections that affect them. It takes no more than a couple hours at most, and everyone can spare that much time from a month. Just be educated about the things that affect you so you can behave accordingly; you are in control of your government, but only if you so choose. Why would you choose otherwise? It is a great thing to have a legal body actively working for you and your wishes, so it shouldn’t be neglected. When it is, we’re quick to complain, but if we had voted in the first place, perhaps we’d so a more favorable government, one that directly values our beliefs and acts on them.
Voter apathy has never been a bigger issue than it is now. All I can really say is that the government represents you; it is the people who are in charge; so take the initiative, take control of your government, and they will represent your views. Vote, not because you can, but because it is your government, and it is your responsibilty to see that it acts the way you want it to. By voting, you are making your government responsible to you; this is the definition of a democracy. A government that isn’t responsible to it’s people also has a name; it’s a dictatorship. I am exaggerating a bit, but I’m simply saying that we should vote, because if we don’t, who else can we blame for a rogue government?
There are only upsides for for voting’ there are no valid reasons not to cote. So vote. Be active in your government, and be represented. Make your country better by taking charge of the body that defines it. Voter apathy needs to stop, and it can be if there is legislation passed that mandates eligible citizens to vote (sooner or later, they’ll start caring about their government). As John F Kennedy said, “the ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” Don’t let that happen. Vote.